In developing countries we work with local primary school teachers and children in Grades 1 to 3 for a month. Through inservice and workshops we model and demonstrate good teaching methods and strategies to teachers. Our aim is to provide training in the use of manipulatives in maths in order to strengthen the teacher’s knowledge, understanding and teaching of the base ten number system and place value concepts. We assist the teachers in creating stimulating and engaging maths environments for their students. After the initial training, we observe lessons, mentor teachers and provide feedback until they are confident in teaching mathematics using the materials.
At the end of the allocated time we will move onto our next destination and leave the kit behind so the teachers in the local schools continue to teach maths using manipulatives, thus the project becomes sustainable.