Yogyakarta, 20 July 2023 – A momentous occasion unfolded as the SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Mathematics celebrated its 14th anniversary by hosting an inspiring International Seminar on Mathematics Education with the theme “Learning loss recovery: (Re)engaging students in joyful and meaningful mathematics learning.” This prestigious seminar, held on 20 July 2023, was a proactive response to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, aiming to counter learning loss and foster innovative approaches to revive the joy of mathematics learning for students worldwide.
Addressing the Impact of Learning Loss in Mathematics The Covid-19 pandemic dealt a heavy blow to education, leading to widespread school closures in 2020 and causing a significant learning loss in mathematics. Troubling statistics revealed a 20% decline in students’ mathematics proficiency compared to previous years. To combat these setbacks, the seminar focused on empowering educators with the necessary tools to assess their students’ current learning levels and develop creative teaching strategies that cater to their unique needs.
Inspirational Keynote Speakers Dr Drs. Rachmadi Widdiharto, M.A., Director of Teacher and Education Personnel, MoECRT, Republic of Indonesia, delivered a captivating keynote address emphasizing the significance of joyful mathematics learning and its profound impact on student’s academic achievements. He also highlighted the commendable efforts made by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture to combat learning loss effectively.
The seminar welcomed two invited speakers who brought valuable insights from their nations’ successful mathematics education practices. Dr Tan Liang Soon from the Academy of Singapore Teachers shared Singapore’s celebrated pedagogical approaches, renowned for consistently achieving high rankings in international assessments. Prof. Iwan Pranoto from Institut Teknologi Bandung presented innovative methods to make complex mathematical concepts accessible and fascinating to students. He emphasized the importance of resilience in mathematics learning and the crucial role of parental involvement, as well as collaboration with policymakers, particularly the Department of Education at the local government level.
Showcasing Best Practices from SEA Mathematics Teaching and Learning Models 2023, The seminar highlighted the significance of innovative teaching models by showcasing the three best participants of the SEA Mathematics Teaching and Learning Models 2023 (Sam Ratulangi Award). These participants shared their successful practices and experiences, serving as a beacon of inspiration for educators eager to implement new strategies in their classrooms.
The post-lunch session the three nomination of Sam Ratulangi Award sharing their best practice, Ms. Mary Lucena Dg Tagama from Cipriano P. Primicias National High School, Philippines, presented her innovative lesson plan, “A Joyful Journey Towards the Center,”. Ms. Fita Sukiyani from SDN 1 Sumbawa presented her creative lesson plan titled “Hot Wheel Speedo’s Game to Improve Students’ Problem-Solving Skills in Data Processing and Speed Word Problem”. Mr. Marselino Fransye Giovani Sundah from Binus School Bekasi, wowed the observers with his intriguing lesson plan, “The Application of Integration to Find the Area of a Stadium.”