“One of our main goals, which we are focusing on in the field of education, is the development of soft skills in children aged 10-14 years. That’s why we decided to support the unique Hejný Method, specifically in terms producing and printing mathematics text books. We shall continue our cooperation in 2016. We are co-financing a project that aims to pass on these principles, leading to the development of pupil’s personalities in other subjects as well. To this end, H-mat lecturers are able to hold seminars in which participants take on the role of teachers.”
As the old sage Comenius once said, learning should be like a game. And why not? After all, a game is not actually learning but doing something joyful. And when children do something with joy, they easily make it their own. Professor Milan Hejný undoubtedly had this in mind when he came up with his non-traditional way of teaching mathematics, which is known today as the Hejný Method.
The method is based on respecting 12 key principles integrated into a coherent concept so that children enjoy discovering mathematics by themselves. In lessons, the teacher does not pass on readymade knowledge, but above all teaches children to argue, discuss, and evaluate. Besides mathematics, they also naturally discover the basics of social behaviour. This method is already used for teaching in more than 350 primary schools in the Czech Republic. It is also attracting interest in other countries, such as Italy, France, Finland, Sweden, Poland, and the United States.