Create, Collaborate and Solve (LS-MT-335)

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This learning scenario tackles Mathematics and important skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking which are fundamental at this day and age. This learning scenario helps students to acquire and work on different 21st century skills to produce mathematical word problems on a given Europeana image. Students, later on, work collaboratively to solve the problems created by their peers. They will also use the method of highlighting different keywords in a mathematical problem to understand it better.

Skills used during this learning scenario

Collaboration: The students will work together in producing the different mathematical problems.

Communication: While working out problems the students will be able to communicate together and device a way how to solve the problem. 

Critical Thinking: Students will be encouraged to use their metacognition skills and think more deeply about the mathematical problems they have.

Inquiry-based Learning

Teaching all subjects, especially Mathematics, should move away from the traditional approaches of education; whereby teachers transfer information to students, to an approach based on hands-on activities and thus learning by doing. Teachers must concentrate learning on thinking and understanding rather than memorisation of facts and drilling. Thus during this learning scenario, the inquiry-based approach is used, whereby learners are actively engaged in both the creation and investigation of mathematical problems.

Final thoughts

Naturally, students are curious about the world that surrounds them, thus such activities that involve investigation s and creations, are important ways to teach subjects such as Mathematics. I believe that such activities are enjoyable, and significant which in turn helps students to develop the necessary skills needed for a brighter future.

Students were initially introduced to a problem created by the teacher on a specific Europeana image. They had to work out the problem individually on their mini-whiteboards.
Students were initially introduced to a problem created by the teacher on a specific Europeana image. They had to work out the problem individually on their mini-whiteboards.
Later on, students were given a specific Europeana image, and working in groups they had to formulate a problem on this given image.
Students were then asked to work collaboratively and solve the different problems created by other groups.

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CC BY 3.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Museon.

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