Promoting All Children’s Creativity and Motivation with Special Mathematical Tasks

Klaus-Peter Eichler; Hans Peter Nutzinger

University of Education (Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd), Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

Supporting mathematically gifted children in the classroom is a necessity. Their support in daily teaching not only raises the level of teaching results in general, it also influences all children’s creativity, motivation and thereby their interest in mathematics on an overall basis. We already pointed that out in our Symposium „Supporting mathematically talented children in the classroom – A chance to develop all children’s interest in mathematics“ (13th ICIE conference, Rijeka 2016).

By carefully choosing special task formats teachers are able to enrich their lessons in a way that helps children to use their full mathematical potential. All children work on the exact same task but on an individual level of difficulty. To make that possible the wise selection of the tasks is necessary as well as a certain methodology of working with these tasks in class.

In our workshop we will concentrate on tasks for the transition period from grade 4 to 7 as we find a lack of suitable tasks for these children in current literature. We will transfer our ideas from theory to practice, present you characteristics of such tasks and show you how to work with them.