LEMA (Learning and Education in and through Modelling and Applications) was an EU Comenius funded project in which mathematics educators from six countries worked to produce materials to support teachers’ professional development.
The overall aim of the project was to facilitate a change in teachers’ classroom practices so as to include mathematical modelling activities.
To this end, providing teachers with appropriate and relevant tasks to use with pupils is necessary but not sufficient. To provide further support LEMA developed a professional development programme for teachers, together with supporting materials. This was the result of three years’ work that involved a cycle of piloting andimprovement within the project.