This webinar is hosted in English
In my talk I will argue that our society is harmed in many ways because we do not teach children according to their true potential in mathematics. I will present evidence from psychological and educational research, as well as evidence gathered by the JUMP program, that ability in math can be nurtured in the even weakest students. I will examine which of the approaches to teaching mathematics presently used in our schools are working and which, in my opinion, need to be reevaluated or modified. I will also talk about the artistic, environmental and spiritual losses we incur by underestimating children in mathematics.
John Mighton is a mathematician, author, playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math. JUMP Math is a numeracy program. JUMP Math is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. JUMP Math replaces the self-fulfilling myth that some people are born with mathematical ability while others do not have the ability to succeed with assumptions that all children can be led to think mathematically.
Dr. Mighton completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto and was awarded an NSERC fellowship for postdoctoral research in knot and graph theory. He is currently a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and has also taught mathematics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mighton also lectured in philosophy at McMaster University, where he received a Masters in philosophy.
John almost failed first-year Calculus in university, but his love of math and his belief that everyone has great mathematical potential led him to found JUMP as a kitchen-table tutoring group in 1998. His national best-selling book, The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child, describes his successes with JUMP, and how anyone can learn and teach math. In May of 2007 John released a follow-up book to The Myth of Ability called The End of Ignorance, the most up-to-date account of the JUMP philosophy and methods.
John is also a playwright: his plays have been performed across Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States. He has won several national awards including the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, the Dora Award, the Chalmers Award and the Siminovitch Prize. His play Possible Worlds was made into a full-length feature film directed by Robert Lepage.
In 2004, John Mighton was granted a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship as a social entrepreneur for his work in fostering numeracy and building young children's self-confidence through JUMP Math. Most recently John was the recipient of three honorary doctorates in recognition of his lifetime achievements and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Doctor of Education
Tony Gurr is a seasoned teacher, trainer, consultant - and LEARNer. He draws on his wide range of ‘hands-on’ experience in schools, colleges and higher education institutions in the UK, Middle East, the US, Australia and Türkiye (his adopted home).