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More Exploring the Circle, and Pedagogical Questions

(February 18, 2014)  I received two interesting Math Circle emails this week: “It sounds like you all had a delightful and spiraling investigation and the participants are really owning the learning…  Thanks for packing so much into math circle!”  This came from a parent and professional educator, in response to my 2/4 report. “What does any of this have to…

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Please Show Me. No, Please DON’T Show Me!

Geometry is not just the basis of language, but is a language in itself.   “Oh no, now she’s going to ask us the definition of the word flat,” said Z, after the whole group had agreed that a plane can be defined as a “never-ending flat surface without thickness.” I asked, “But aren’t you asking yourselves what flat means?” and the…

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The Point, the Death of Galileo, and a Singing Bowl

People enjoy math from many different pathways.   “I worked on my Flower of Life at home,” said Z as the students entered the room. As she showed me her work, the others began to draw compass designs long before our circle officially began. I unwrapped a tantalizingly mysterious object, and asked for surmises on its identity. When G guessed…

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Attempting the Flower of Life

Some things in math we choose to believe even though we can’t know for sure. Michaelangelo, Bernini, Lloyd Wright (or, the students wondered, was it simply Wright?), Zarah Hussein, Native American geometry designs, mapmakers art, the feng shui compass, and a photo of a piece of jewelry covered the table as the students tried to figure out what the pictures…

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