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ERIC Number: EJ1044640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Mathematics Teaching as a Narrative Art
George, Michael
Mathematics Teacher, v108 n4 p266-271 Nov 2014
Many students read for pleasure, but how many, stranded in an expansive library, would willingly reach for a mathematics textbook? One reason this scenario is so inconceivable is that mathematics textbooks are organized less as exercises in storytelling and more as how-to manuals. Unfortunately many mathematics teachers instruct accordingly. This author, an instructor of mathematics at a community college, also happens to be a published fiction writer. For a long time, he thought of the two professions as entirely--and curiously--separate endeavors. Over time, however, as his approach to both realms has developed and matured, he has become increasingly respectful of the ways in which mathematics teaching, at its most engaging, relies on a skilled use of the narrative arts. Here he shares his unique insight, and offers ideas for incorporating the tools of the narrative and theatrical arts into meaningful, and engaging mathematics lessons.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A