Commitment to a mathematically-competent society

We are committed to the competency-based learning of mathematical concepts with a didactic thrust

For students…

The mathematics classroom should be an inspiring setting that invites students to learn and develop to their full potential.

To do so, the key is to:


  • Present the mathematical contents and skills using didactic criteria.
  • Respect children’s different learning speeds.
  • Place value on mathematical processes: problem solving, reasoning, connecting, communicating, and representing, without forgetting the content.

For Innovamat, doing maths is…

Problem Solving

Being capable of facing unknown situations, designing strategies to resolve them, analysing possible solutions to them, and posing new questions.

Reasoning and Proving

Being able to analyse situations, make guesses and check them, deduce, and argue for the assertions we make.


Being able to discover the relationships that exist between different ideas and concepts from the mathematical world, or between them and the world around us.

Communicating and Representing

Being able to convey and interpret mathematical information via any channel: graphically, in writing, orally, with the help of material or by means of existing technology.

Our mentors

Cecilia Calvo

PhD in the Didactics of Mathematics. Mathematics Teacher at the Sant Gregori School and Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

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David Barba

Professor Emeritus in the Didactics of Mathematics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

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Laura Morera

PhD in the Didactics of Mathematics. Professor Emeritus at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

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  • “What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand.”
    Chinese proverb – Xunzi
  • “We discover the world by means of the senses.”
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • “Help me to do it for myself.”
    Maria Montessori
  • “The child is a being that experiments and adapts to its surroundings.”
    Édouard Claparède
  • “Learning is like a tower. You have to build it step by step.”
    Lev Vygotsky
  • “It is better to solve one problem five different ways, than to solve five problems one way.”
    George Pólya
  • “The action of learning has taken the act of teaching’s former supremacy away.”
    Pere Puig i Adam
  • “I don’t teach, I let them learn.”
    Caleb Gattegno
  • “Do we only learn that which is discovered?”
    Maria Antònia Canals
  • “Algorithms must not be the curriculum’s organizers, they must be present, but only as problem solvers.”
    David Barba Uriach

Get Started with Innovamat

  • Join in with the work on manipulative materials and strategy development
  • Rediscover your enthusiasm for mathematics, and that of your students
  • Contribute to a more mathematically-competent society