Pi Greco Day, the ” Covid Slide ” effect reduced students’ math skills by 50%. Here’s how to defeat “Matophobia”
March 14 is celebrated on Pi Greco Day, a recurrence dedicated to the mathematical constant pi. The choice is inspired by the month-day date format, used in the United States, according to which the month (3) and then the day (14) is indicated first, thus obtaining the number “3.14”, spelling that indicates the approximation to hundredths of pi. Furthermore, some celebrate the anniversary from 3 pm, in order to adapt to the approximation 3.1415. The date also coincides with World Mathematics Day. Let’s find out the history of this party.
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The birth of Pi Greco Day
The idea was born in the Exploratorium of San Francisco, the great Science Museum, which for some years has been celebrating the most famous and mysterious number in the mathematical world, with games, competitions, music, films and other initiatives. Pi Greco Day is celebrated every year on March 14, because in the Anglo-Saxon system the date is written 03/14 as the first three digits of the Greek Pi, and also coincides with the birthday of Albert Einstein.
The first holiday was celebrated in 1988 on the initiative of physicist Larry Shaw and since that day it has become an annual event. The first celebration saw the participants marching around a large circle and consuming cakes of all tastes because PI and Pie (cake in English) have the same sound, but also because the cake is round and is therefore related to the Greek Pi.
The “Covid Slide” effect
The harmful effects of Covid on the level of learning of the students they made themselves felt from an educational and scholastic point of view and are increasingly impacting: in fact, there are many scientific studies that have shown a worsening of performance and skills in the last year, a phenomenon renamed with the name of “Covid Slide” in a recent study by the authoritative American magazine Education Week.
According to the latest report by researchers from the Northwest Evaluation Association reported by CNBC, students are likely to learn only half of the curriculum drawn up by teachers due to school closures. thus losing 50% of math skills. Compared, for example, to literature, whose losses amount to about 30% of skills, mathematics is better learned in the classroom also due to the difficulties for parents to help their children with homework. Furthermore, the stress generated by the pandemic increases the anxiety about learning science, already present in some students, and teachers struggle with explanations due to the limitations of remote platforms.
New methods for teaching and learning math
On the importance of learning mathematics to obtain satisfactory results both in the school and
from the working point of view, Dr. Massimo De Donno, creator of Genius in 21 Days, intervened, the
training course on personalized study method, and founder of GenioNet, distributed in over 50
offices in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, England and the United States. “Mathematics is the hard subject par excellence, it is the biggest obstacle for 79% of students,” he said De Donno – More organization and planning is needed than other school subjects and our instructors know this well, they know that it is necessary to start from the exercises because they generate unknowns / questions that need to be answered and, for this reason, they help to understand which theoretical principles must be applied to arrive at the final solution – he added De Donno. Our goal is clear: we want to help each student to recover their gaps, improve their approach to study and perfect their skills to achieve adequate results, given the increasingly growing importance of scientific notions in the contemporary educational reality, especially in the field working”.
Speaking of new methods to learn and teach mathematics in the clearest and most effective way possible, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics of the USA and the National Council of Mathematics Supervisors have produced a document containing considerations and suggestions for teaching mathematics in the best way. possible even in this very complicated historical period. This is the “Moving Forward: Mathematics Learning in the Era of Covid-19”, a document in which planning is fundamental as reported by the Observatory of Educational Innovation.
Mathematics at work as well as in the daily routine: the meeting points are innumerable according to the analysis of This is Local London. Starting from time management, mathematics simplifies the division and organization of the days; in this way a more or less correct hourly quantity is dedicated to all the activities that must be carried out during the day. Finally, mathematical knowledge is applied to the management of finances and savings and to the health of one’s body to make nutritional cards or for the gym.
Article sources: Northwest Evaluation Association, Education Week, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics