Izak9 and Mathsweek Ireland

Mathsweek Ireland is a week-long Ireland wide celebration of mathematics with in excess of 250,000 pupils, parents and teachers participating from all parts of the country as well as welcome visitors from abroad. The beauty of Mathsweek is that all the education institutions on the island of Ireland work harmoniously together, to raise awareness of the importance mathematics holds for every member of society.

As committed partners of Mathsweek, we firmly believe that this week presents an opportunity to sow seeds from which passion for mathematics can grow and flourish throughout the year. During the week, we organised a wide range of events for people from all walks of life to positively engage with mathematics. Please see below for details. We also continue to run many of these events and workshops throughout the year in Ireland, UK and abroad.

Izak9 Math Quest - €500 to be won!

The Dublin Maths in the City event takes place at the top of Grafton Street. The streets are jammed with fun filled maths activities, designed to spark the imagination and challenge all would be 'problem solvers' to the nth degree, on a bright autumn Saturday afternoon in Dublin.

This year we are facilitating an Izak9 Math Quest in the shop windows along Grafton Street. There will be Izak9 tasks available to passers by and all adults and children are welcome to participate. The winner will be drawn from those with correct entries at 3pm, in the Math Quest Zone opposite the entrance to St. Stephen's Green.

All welcome to take part!

This Quest proved a great success. The Izak9 stimuli in the shop windows aroused much curiosity during the day and with correct entries submitted from kids, adults and familes from Ireland and abroad, the profile of maths was well and truly raised on Grafton Street on Saturday. Please visit our twitter page for details.

Listen to MathQuest winner Ryan Hogan's take on the day's events.

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Parents and family workshops

Children and their parents, grandparents, carers regularly come together for fun filled maths evenings with Izak9 in schools all across Ireland. On the occasion below, during one of last year's Mathsweek celebrations, we had more than 70 parents enjoy an evening of maths in Belvoir Park Primary School, Belfast. This year our principal event for parents will take place in Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana, County Donegal.

You can see by the picture below the ease with which these ladies got to grips with Izak9!

We facilitate parent and family workshops at very many locations around the country during maths week and every other week, so if you are interested, please let us know.

interactive math games

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University training - mindset and problem solving

This year we will be delivering Maths Mindset and Problem Solving sessions to students in Trinity College, Dublin, with sessions also taking place in other Universities around the country, including DCU and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, where we will be looking at how best to deliver the Skills of the Maths Curriculum.

A new initiative for this year is that we will visit Ulster University students during their teaching placement in schools all over Northern Ireland. Participating schools are: Whiteabbey PS; Meadow Bridge PS; Kings Park PS; Ballycarrickmaddy PS; Crawfordsburn PS; Christ the Redeemer PS; Christ The King PS; Greystone PS; Edwards PS; Roe Valley PS.

 

Maths Week at Dublin City University

Pictured above is UU PGCE student Kaitlyn Clarke on placement in a P5 class in Whiteabbey Primary School.

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Maths with no Borders

Last year, children from 4 primary schools and one secondary school in counties Monaghan and Armagh joined together for an Izak9 extravaganza in Middletown, County Armagh – a genuine cross border shared learning opportunity.

 

This year we focused on the border counties of Donegal, Derry and Tyrone with 2 separate events.

In Derry we brought together: Rosemount PS; Londonderry Model PS; St. Mura's PS, Buncrana; Scoil Naomh Brid, Muff, Co. Donegal. In Strabane, we brought together St. Catherine's PS; Strabane Controlled PS; St. Patrick's NS, Murlog, Lifford; Scoil Cholmcille, Cloughfin, Co. Donegal.

These 2 events formed the centrepiece of our Mathsweek schedule.

We had two brilliant mornings' craic with the Izak9 cubes and pupils from across 3 border counties. Here's Ellie, from St. Catherine's PS, Strabane counting everyone down to kickstart one of our team building activities.

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Free Izak9 demonstrations in schools all year round.

Seeing is believing with Izak9 and once you and your pupils get your hands on these wonderful cubes and feel the immersive shared learning experience first hand, you will immediately be convinced of the value Izak9's use can add to the teaching and learning of mathematics in your school.

teaching strategies in mathematics

To book a free demonstration workshop for the staff and/or pupils of your school, please fill in your details below and we will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time.

Izak9 Workshops Nationwide

Our Superusers will be delivering Izak9 workshops in Education Centres and schools nationwide.

Here are some examples:

In Holy Family NS, Swords Tommy Duffy, on behalf of Drumcondra EC will deliver an Izak9 workshop to visiting teachers.

Ora Finnegan, principal of St. Felim's NS, Ballinagh will do the same in Monaghan EC, as will MJ Malone, principal of St. Enda's NS, Lisdoonvarna, in Clare EC.

In Northern Ireland, Kathy Owens will host an Izak9 quiz in Holy Cross Girls PS. Niall McClean will have Izak9 foundation play in Castlewellan.

All our users and Superusers will have Izak9 out for Mathsweek.

Dublin City University DCU maths exhibition

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Cross phase maths workshops

In 2016 during maths week, Desi McNeill and John Mulholland, principal and senior teacher from St. Joseph’s College Coalisland, visited Aughamullan Primary School to facilitate an Izak9 maths workshop for the primary school children. Details below. Now that we have a portfolio of Izak9 Superusers, we will be able to schedule many more of these workshops across the country during maths week, where teachers and pupils can benefit from having a visiting teacher from another sector of the education system. This builds bridges from Primary into Secondary for teachers and pupils alike.

The children were very excited by the visitors from ‘the big school ’ and had a great afternoon of fun filled maths activities, delivered by John – pictured below. All staff present really enjoyed the session with the consensus being that there is enormous value to be had from such cross phase visits. The next one will be a primary teacher going in to deliver training to secondary school staff!

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Relationship with Regional Colleges

We already have existing relationships with regional colleges like LYIT, Donegal and NWRC, Derry. The extent to which these 2 institutions in particular, are prepared to embrace innovative practice in an attempt to raise standards in the teaching and learning of maths, in the hope of opening more doors towards employment of the young people in their areas, is highly inspirational.

Via the Maths Centre in NWRC, during Mathsweek we will be delivering maths workshops to students and early years practitioners. These workshops are only made possible by the extent to which our existing izak9 schools have adopted izak9's use for pupils in the infant and foundation stages.

Outcomes of the leading practice emanating from these schools are profound and make for highly enjoyable, relevant and interactive training for all those involved in early years education.

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Maths in the Parish

There are four schools in St. Eugene's Parish, Derry: Rosemount; St. Anne's; St. Eugene's and Model primary schools. Maths week presented an opportunity to invite all the schools for an afternoon of mathematics in Rosemount Primary and Nursery School.

The afternoon session focused on Primary Fours. All the children were given Izak9 cubes and allowed to complete their tasks on judo mats in the school assembly hall. The focus was on number and shape. Pupils worked hard together to solve the problems posed, using number bonds to 20, 30 and 50 as well as honing their team building and problem solving skills. Great craic was had by all.

Shared Education

We are firm supporters of Shared Education and work with many Partnerships in all counties across the North of Ireland. We are delighted that we have the chance to engage with one of these partnerships, providing workshops for Mathsweek.

 

On Monday 16th October, the first schoolday of Mathsweek, we will be kicking off in Fivemiletown. delvering a series of workshops with secondary schools Fivemiletown College and St. Ciaran's, Ballygawley. This will be interesting as it the first time we have delivered sessions under the mantle of Shared Education, with two Post Primary schools together. We are most looking forward to it. Pics will be posted here after the event.

The picture above shows pupils from the Claddagh Glen Shared Education Partnership using Izak9 over series of 6 workshops held during the final two terms of 2016/2017.

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