I am honored to be presenting tomorrow at the Reinventing Mathematics Symposium at the Willows School in Culver City, CA.
My workshop is on Playing with Mathematical Ideas: Strategies for Building a Positive Classroom Climate. Students often enter math class with fear and trepidation. Yet we know that effective teaching engages their ideas. How do we lower the social risk of getting students to share to help them understand mathematics more deeply? I will share what I have learned from accomplished mathematics teachers who regularly succeed at getting students to play with mathematical ideas as a way of making sense.
In my workshop, I will develop the concepts of status and smartness, as well as share an example of “playful problem solving.” Here is the Tony De Rose video we watched, with the question: How is Tony De Rose mathematically smart? If he were a 7th grader in your classroom, what chances would he have to show it?
Usually teachers like resources, so I have compiled some here.
Bellos, A. & Harriss, E. (2015). Snowflake, Seashell, Star: Colouring Adventures in Wonderland. Canongate Books Ltd; Main edition
Childcraft Encyclopedia (1987). Mathemagic. World Book Incorporated.
Jacobs, H. (1982). Mathematics: A Human Endeavor. W.H. Freeman & Co Publishers.
Pappas, T. (1993). The Joy of Mathematics (2nd Edition). World Wide Publishing.
Van Hattum, S. (2015). Playing with Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers. Natural Math
Weltman, A. (2015). This is Not a Maths Book: A Smart Art Activity Book. Ivy Press.
Blogs that Feature Playful Mathematics
Some Inspiring Ignite* Talks that Give Ideas about Teaching Playfully
*Ignite talks are 5 minute long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet.
Peg Cagle, What Architecture Taught Me About Teaching
Justin Lanier, The Space Around the Bar
Max Ray, Look Mom! I’m a Mathematician
There are tons more. The Math Forum does a great job of getting outstanding math educators to share their work in this series of talks.
Please feel free to add other good resources in the comments section!