Symposium Four

Symposium (4): Schwäbisch Gmünd Symposium:

Supporting Mathematically Talented Children in the Classroom - A Chance to Develop All Children’s Interest in MathematicsICIE Conference Germany

Klaus-Peter Eichler; Hans Peter Nutzinger

PH Schwäbisch Gmünd – Germany.


We know that the support of mathematically gifted children is important and meaningful for our society. To do so there are many effective and well established activities, such as math circles, Mathematical Olympiads etc. We also know, that it´s necessary to support not only mathematically gifted children. We have not only to enable all children to successfully cope with mathematical performance requirements. We must find ways to develop creative behavior for wide range of children. The everyday teaching has to face this. We believe, that the support of mathematically gifted children in daily teaching in mathematics classes not only raises the level of teaching results in general. This also has positive impacts onto children´s creative behavior and their motivation. However, this requires carefully chosen tasks and a suitable working with these tasks. Characteristics of such kind of tasks and working with tasks appear in our presentation using examples from grade 4 up to 7. For us grade 4 up to grade 7 are very important, because this is the transition period from primary to secondary education. Nevertheless, we find a lot of materials for grade 1 up to grade 4 and also for grade 8 up to grade 12, but there are only few materials for this important period. We will not only present a lot of tasks with bright ideas, moreover we will show possibilities for and characteristics of a successful work with these tasks.