Teacher: Alia Salim Yousuf Abu Daheer
Nablus basic mixed school
Nablus – UNRWA schools
This initiative is really important due to the necessity for applying the basic mathematical concepts of seventh grade as they recur in the next grades. The students and their parents take part in preparing and making this educational toolkit through group work inside and outside their technology classes. Instead of being traditionally tested and to achieve authentic evaluation, each student is evaluated and graded inside his or her group. As a result, it becomes part of their daily life and so learning mathematics becomes more meaningful and applicable.
The accomplishment of such educational toolkits is really beneficial and helpful. For example, these toolkits can be used for several years. The activities and tools of these toolkits also help students understand mathematical and technological concepts better. Moreover, they deepen their knowledge and understanding of abstract concepts as they are given an opportunity to practice what they learn by using these educational toolkits.
The impact of the initiative
In fact, preparation of such educational toolkits has not only increased students’ interests in learning mathematics, but has also raised their levels of achievement and intelligence. Students have been graded for preparing and applying thesetoolkitsand so they find it fair, interesting and authentic. It has also achieved cooperation and love of group work and real practice. Moreover, parents’ participation and interest have increased since they took part in preparing thesetoolkitswith their kids both in mathematics and technology classrooms. Finally, I would say that this initiative had its impacts on other mathematic teachers at my school and other schools as they found it very helpful in reforming and improving students’ levels of achievements after applying it in their classes.
This initiative was successfully achieved due to several helpful factors. First, students used most of the material they needed from their environments. For example, they employed used materials such as empty boxes and cartons…..etc. Second, technology, art and computer teachers contributed in designing these educational toolkits. Third, the school headmistress provided the necessary means for making educational materials and facilitated communication between the school and Nablus resource center that made creating such means and tools easier and applicable through workshops for both students and teachers. More importantly, the mathematic supervisor helped the teacher and the students through their work and followed it step by step. Finally, parents’ participation at homes and classrooms in addition to the local community had an important role in such success that was achieved by their help and by sharing their experiences.
Challenges and difficulties
Lack of time was one of the most important difficulties this initiative faced. However, this problem was solved due to the help of technology teachers through producing mathematical tools during the technology classes instead of math classes. Moreover, the school had little experience in applying this educational initiative, but we had luck through the support of the mathematic and resource center supervisors, parents and other teachers. Finally, most of the materials we needed were not available. Fortunately, students made use of the environmental wastes such as empty ink boxes and cartoons …etc.