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Concrete tools for learning mathematics

EMMA Math

location_on Espoo, Finland
This method boosts mathematical thinking skills, such as understanding the concept of numbers and reasoning skills. The method uses quantity blocks that were developed for this innovation as well as simple practice templates and exercise for using the blocks.
Maarit Laitinen, Mother of Emma, Inventor
At first we wanted to build support for students who had difficulties in mathematics. We achieved more when we doubled down on teaching counting. Students’ skills improved – and so did student motivation and confidence in their own skills.

Maarit Laitinen, Mother of Emma, Inventor

Overview

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Finland 100

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Innovation Overview

5 - 10
Age Group
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Children/Users
1
Country
2015
Established
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1 558
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Updated on February 1st, 2021
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What is it all about?

Mathematical thinking is needed every day. It is important that from the very beginning, students see mathematics as a subject in which there are several different solutions and points of view. The aim is to strengthen the concept of numbers, build a sense of self-efficacy, and to spark curiosity.

With EMMA Math we can help students build a positive attitude towards mathematics and support the development of mathematical thinking. The EMMA Math tools especially develop the understanding of numbers, upon which later mathematical understanding is built on.

Students learn by interacting with concrete tools. The tools promote learning in all children, but are especially beneficial for students who have difficulties with understanding mathematics.

The EMMA Math method combines tangibility with deduction: students get to know phenomena related to numbers and counting in an active way. A key step is producing mathematical language, which means deduction, explanation and experimentation.

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IMPACT & SCALABILITY
Innovativeness

Understanding counting is an essential stepping stone for success in later mathematical studies. The tools developed aid this process.

Impact

Using Emma Math improves learning results, learner motivation and builds students’ confidence in their own skills.

Scalability

The innovation can be implemented anywhere because the quantity blocks are not exclusive to any language or culture.

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

May 2019
1000 views
September 2017
Finland 100
June 2017
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
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Get the needed supplies
You will need the physical product, meaning the quantity blocks, the manual, the practice templates and exercises.
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Use the manual to get to know the supplies
The manual is simple and easy to understand. Implementing the supplies will be quick and easy.
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Use the supplies as a part of your own teaching
The tools can work as part of a lesson or you can build your lesson around on them. They can be used with the whole group, in pairs or individually with a teacher.
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Contact the EMMA Math team
If you want to dive deeper into the EMMA Math method, contact us! We welcome you to experiment and develop the EMMA Math products together with the team!
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