More focus on thinking and problem-solving skills

Field notes from Education

On October 9th, a Finnish news site wrote an article about an experiment, in which Finnish Math books were used to teach Math to Italian third graders. By the time the article was published online, a teacher, Patrizia Piccinini, from the city of Lucca, in Toscany Italy had just started after a very promising first year her second year of using Finnish material.

According to Piccinini her students are crazy about Math and this is entirely because of the Finnish Math books.

I had to forbid my pupils from studying Math during the summer so that I had time to translate the books for the autumn. Pupils wanted to study the new book already during their holidays.” says Piccinini.

In Italy, Math education on the first grades is focused on addition and multiplication. Study books are full of text and they don’t encourage independent thinking and realization. Piccinini…

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