Big Mathematics Day
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General
A Dutch initiative to have an annual Arithmetic Experience for all students and teachers in primary schools
Students in Dutch primary schools spend quite some time working on mathematics and arithmetic. Most teachers spend time on mathematics and arithmetic almost every school day. In the higher grades students are working between 3 and 7,5 hours per week on mathematics and arithmetic, with an average of 5 hours weekly (Janssen, Van der Schoot & Hemker, 2005). In these lessons teachers in general follow instructions from the textbook. All available textbooks are based on ideas from realistic mathematics education; however, these textbooks do not focus students and teachers on reasoning and negotiating on strategies. Textbooks provide all elements for teaching mathematics and arithmetic; every subject is covered and the educational material offers enough for the time spent on mathematics and arithmetic. We observed that this resulted in a situation where mathematics and arithmetic in many Dutch primary school classrooms is limited to relatively short introductions and for the rest of the time paper and pencil work. As a consequence we see that many students and their teachers do not experience arithmetic and mathematics as an inspiring activity.
A very limited number of primary school teachers choose to professionalize themselves in mathematics and arithmetic teaching. We do not know why that is so, but observe that most schools do not experience mathematics and arithmetic as a problematic teaching area and as a consequence invest in other fields.
Our consideration for developing the National Arithmetic Day was that the above mentioned situation asked for an easily accessible activity that focuses on mathematical reasoning and that inspires both students and teachers.
Year | Data | Theme | Dutch schools |
2009 | Wednesday 9 April | Money | |
2008 | Wednesday 16 April | It’s about time | 683 |
2007 | Wednesday 17 April | Geometry, patterns and art | 673 |
2006 | Wednesday 8 March | Playing with numbers | 637 |
2005 | Friday 25 February | Counting, tally, drawing. Collect, order and visualize | 398 |
2004 | Wednesday 18 February | Geometry and measurement | 509 |
2003 | Pilot | 20 |
References
- Jansen, J., Van der Schoot, F. and Hemker, B. (2005). PPON (periodieke peiling van het onderwijsniveau). Balans (32) van het reken-wiskundeonderwijs aan het einde van de basisschool 4.. Arnhem: Cito Instituut voor toetsontwikkeling.
- Mathematics A-lympiad (for secondary education)
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