Krzysztof Klimek – “Mathematics in practice”
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Krzysztof Klimek has been a maths teacher for 27 years. Currently, he teaches at the School Complex in Ropczyce.
Our classes are very numerous, which is an additional difficulty for the teacher to reach every student. However, the biggest problem is that students have a very tight schedule and a lot of material to learn. There is not much time for exercises, solving tasks and more emphasis on the application of this subject in life, and mathematics has a great application. Therefore, all kinds of electronic tools allow for more optimal use of time, giving examples, quoting data, presenting drawings, not only in purely theoretical considerations, but above all in practice.
An excellent tool used during mathematics lessons is GeoGebra, which presents graphs of functions and various applications of mathematics in practice. This program helps students to better illustrate and understand very difficult issues. The program can transform various functions or solids very quickly and thus explain the differences and relationships. This makes it easier for students to understand the sometimes very difficult issues they often have problems with. Another example of an ICT tool is a graphical calculator that can be plugged into a computer and displayed on the screen using the projector. Students can see how it is used, what is displayed on the display of this calculator and what the result or image appears, because graphical calculators have a function to display graphs, figures, spatial solids and simple accounting calculations.
The education system has undergone a huge transformation. The school uses an electronic journal. In addition, students often do not use books where they search for particular tasks. They are sent to them by e-mail. The same way they can send solutions. This is a great option especially for students who for some reason do not want to write on the board and solving a task on the tablet is not a problem for them.
Nowadays it is essential to use ICT tools. Of course you need tools and the ability to use them, but it definitely makes work easier. The lessons are more interesting, the young people are interested in the topic and as a result the teaching is more effective. Each example using any IT methods, computers, interactive whiteboards, projectors, graphic calculators in the students arouses some interest. The students use it, so they are actively involved in the lesson, and: if they are interested, if they do something, it stays in their memory, it assimilates more easily and the results are better.
Questions for reflection:
- How to help students understand difficult issues?
- How can you encourage students to solve tasks?
- Is it possible to combine teaching of theoretical issues and practical applications of mathematics?