Theatre In Mathematics | TIM
Nowadays competence in mathematics is addressed as one of the most important issue for self-fulfilment at both social and personal level and numeracy skills are considered as one of the priorities for educational cooperation at EU level.
It is a common pattern in classroom communication that teaching mathematics is characterized by the use of the textbook and by teachers dominating the conversation by asking the questions and evaluating the students. This makes students passive and afraid listeners. However, there is a great consensus that cooperation creates learning and that productive classrooms build on students’ participation and thinking.
The purpose of “TIM – Theatre in Mathematics” is to face the main obstacles in the way of teaching and learning mathematics at EU level. It aims to improve mathematics teaching and learning, in particular providing a new methodology – the TIM Methodology – to teach mathematics using the theatre workshop and drama.
The project will be carried out by COREP – Social and Community Theatre Centre of the University of Turin (IT), Western Norway University of applied Science – HVL (NO), Technical University of Crete (GR), ASTA theatre company (PT) and DORS – Regional centre of documentation for health promotion (IT).
TIM training of teachers
The main target group of the project will include teachers and student teachers. A specific TIM training of teachers will be developed: 20 experts, 5 per country, will be trained to train teachers and at least 400 teachers will be trained in TIM Methodology. The project will focus on the teachers training in order to reach, as secondary target, the largest number of students thanks to the multiplier effect of the trained teachers. It is foreseen that in the first year after the end of the project at least 16.000 students in Europe will benefit of the TIM methodology. After the project the group of 20 trainers will be able to continue the training of teachers in their own country with the support of the regional/national school offices already involved in the project. We expect, at the end of the project, to have resident trainings in TIM Methodology in the partners’ Universities and institutions.
This training of teachers will be held in Covilha (Portugal) in April 2020 and will be organised by the hosting partner ASTA.