Mathematics is about wonder, creativity and fun, so let's teach it that way

phys.org | 5/10/2018 | Staff
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Alice in Wonderland enthusiasts recently celebrated the story's anniversary with creative events like playing with puzzles and time—and future Alice exhibits are in the works. The original 1865 children's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sprung from a mathematician's imagination, continues to inspire exploration and fun.

But is a connection between math and creativity captured in schools? Much discussion across the western world from both experts and the public has emphasized the need to revitalize high school mathematics: critics say the experience is boring or not meaningful to most students. Experts concerned with the public interest and decision-making say students need skills in critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.

Mathematicians - Philosophers - Educators - Excitement - Energy

Mathematicians, philosophers and educators are also concerned with the excitement and energy of creative expression, with invention, with wonder and even with what might be called the romance of learning.

Mathematics has all the attributes of the paragraph above, and so it seems to me that what's missing from high school math is mathematics itself.

Colleagues - Queen - University - University - Ottawa

I am now working with colleagues at Queen's University and the University of Ottawa to develop RabbitMath, a senior level high-school math curriculum designed to enable students to work together creatively with a high level of personal engagement. My preparation for this has been 40 years of working with teachers in high-school classrooms.

In partnership with grades 11 and 12 math teachers, we will be piloting this curriculum over the next few years.

Students - Literature - Drama - Arts - School

When students study literature, drama or the creative arts in high school, the curriculum centres on what can be called sophisticated works of art, created in response to life's struggles and triumphs.

But currently in school mathematics, this is rarely the case: students are not connected to the larger imaginative projects through which professional mathematicians confront the world's problems or explore the world's mysteries.

Jo - Boaler - Stanford - Graduate - School

Mathematician Jo Boaler from the Stanford Graduate School...
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