ANFoMAM takes its name from the Spanish version of its title, meaning Learning from children to improve primary school teachers' math specific education. It is a project supported by the Erasmus Plus programme, in the area of Strategic Partnerships for Innovation in Higher Education.
It has been born from different initiatives that are currently being carried out in the training of teachers in our partner universities, which seek the properly deep understanding of the basic concepts of mathematics by students, away from the transmission of mechanical and repetitive procedures.
If students of the teacher-training-grades have new learning experiences at university, the way they understand and assess mathematics will change, which would have a direct impact on their class in the near future.
Understanding arithmetic algorithms
In the workshop the 4 basic operations are worked through the itinerary given by the basic algorithms. We make an analysis of the algorithms by particular examples carried out with manipulative material and with graphic representation. This allows to abstract and generalize the algorithms.
In the same way, multiple strategies are shown to approach the same concept, to integrate in a better way the learning and to train the future teacher to approach different forms of learning.
Solving arithmetic problems
The workshop has several objectives. First, it is intended to design mathematical activities that can be presented as an arithmetic problem. Secondly, ir proposes to analyse the different types of relationships between magnitudes and their possible representations with objects or materials, with drawings or gestures made with the body. Finally, we want to study how to use these representations to carry out different resolution strategies.
Relationship between arithmetic and geometry
The objective of this workshop is to design problem situations where the student can discover relationships between arithmetic and geometric concepts. For example, between the decomposition of numbers into products and areas and volumes, or between decompositions of angle values and the way of tiling a surface.
Reasoned calculation and use of the calculator
In this workshop we design and analyse calculation activities chosen ad hoc that allow the student to:
History of mathematics and its teaching
The workshop aims to analyze activities and problems about ancient mathematical texts (calculation and practical problems, Greek mathematics) and other historical epochs, reflecting the variety of languages ¿¿and cultures and giving space to mathematics in Europe since the Middle Ages. In this way, the student would be able to:
The workshop will show us activities and problems that allow:
Workshops for trisomy 21 children
Since 2014 the Sesdown team has organized the Mathematics Workshop for children with Down syndrome. This workshop aims to introduce children with Trisomy 21 in mathematics from their naive conceptions of number and form. The sessions are organized with a playful methodology and based on mimesis, where the mathematical contents are carefully programmed.
The work done in this workshop has been part of the doctoral thesis "Didactics of Mathematics for people with Down syndrome based on an integrated approach to elementary arithmetic and geometry" carried out by the president of the association and one of the responsible for the project, Elena Gil.