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ERIC Number: EJ1174769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Using Plot Twists to Engage Learners
Ryan, Laura E.; Dietiker, Leslie
Teaching Children Mathematics, v24 n5 p316-323 Mar 2018
One way to recognize how mathematical lessons can be stimulating for children is to interpret them as stories. If mathematical lessons follow a structure similar to that of a story, they can build anticipation, create surprise, and even generate intrigue (Egan 1988). To support the design of mathematical lessons with these types of aesthetic opportunities, the authors have developed a mathematical story-planning framework. This framework explains how mathematics can unfold in a way that enhances students' aesthetic experience (such as gasping in surprise) while expanding their mathematical knowledge. In this article, the authors describe their mathematical story-planning framework and model how the lead author used it to create, teach, and reflect on a fifth-grade lesson on measurement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A