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ERIC Number: EJ851745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
The Case for Creativity in Math Education
Lonergan, Mark
Horace, v23 n2 Spr 2007
After 11 years of teaching, the question the author worries about now is "How do we do this well? How do we engage students in math classes? How do we convince them that math is beautiful, fun and powerful?" For the math department at the author's school, Boston Arts Academy (BAA), the answer has been to infuse creativity into math classes. While still concerned with math standards and content, the author and his colleagues focus on whether students have a chance to make choices and connect to their other passions. They have realized that students also need to feel some sort of creative opportunity in order to feel engaged. This means teaching content within a project-based approach. They introduce traditional math skills, they practice those skills, and they take tests and quizzes on these skills. And they always make sure that students can apply those skills in meaningful ways through unit projects. In their best unit projects, there are four Cs that they consider: (1) Content; (2) Connection; (3) Choices; and (4) Co-authorship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts