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Fostering Creativity of Students in a Math Classroom
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Desmos | Beautiful, Free Math

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Explore math with desmos.com, a free online graphing calculator
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Desmos is a free online calculator, which teachers have found to be much easier and comprehendible than using a graphing calculator. This cite allows you to enhance your graphs, providing tutorials for beginners. It provides students and teachers the opportunities to develop graphs and understand the large concepts without getting bogged down by the process. Users can also share their work, much of which are pictures created using functions and equations entered into the calculator. Encouraging creativity, developing and exploring graphs that are meaningful and useful is at your fingertips!

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Lesson Plan Idea: Made Up Math

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This lesson plan is an example of providing creative thinking and writing through having students develop their own mathematical questions and answers. Working in groups, students can create questions and have other groups answer them. Another activity involves allowing the students to be the teachers, providing them with specific material and having them develop a lesson for it. These ideas allow for students to take more charge of their learning as they use their creativity in developing questions and lessons. 

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Graph Me a Circle Picture - Algebra Activity

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This blog post is another example of fostering creativity through student artwork. This circle project requires students to develop a picture using at least 4 circles, properly graphing them on a cartesian plane. My cooperating teacher at my field placement did an activity very similar to this. This could be expanded upon by increasing the required number of equations and functions that their picture needs. This teacher provides a rubric as well as many examples of her students' work. Students are given the freedom to develop their own pictures, involving creativity in mathematical concepts! 

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Teaching Math Blog - Walking in Mathland

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I spend the class before a test reviewing. This can be a very useful day for students or a complete waste of time where nothing is accomplished. I have found that providing a VERY structured class...
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This blog is just full of insight on making math interesting. One post discusses using articles and current events in math class. Another discusses creating a video project. One even discusses math in the media. Creativity can stem from any of the blogger's posts if students  are given freedom and autonomy. 

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Doodling in Math Class: Connecting Dots

Anti-parabola propoganda, plus musing on math class, cardioids, connect the dots, envelopes of lines, even a bit of origami. Another way to get a cardioid is...
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This is just one of the many videos part of the series "Doodling in Math Class," in which the author Vi Hart comments on math classes and how doodling can inspire creative thinking in a math class. This video in particular looks at doodling and how it can evoke creativity regarding parabolas, cardioids, conic sections, ellipses and more! 

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Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
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Ken Robinson argues that our current education system needs to be changed to foster more creativity. This provides the reasons behind the need for creativity and a change in the way our education system teaches its future leaders. 

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A Mathematician's Lament

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Lockhart argues that mathematics is its own art form, the art of explanation. He sees mathematics “as asking simple and elegant questions about our imaginary creations, and crafting satisfying and beautiful explanations” (Lockhart, 4). He states that “school” has destroyed the adventure that mathematics can take students on by reducing the subject to “facts” that have to be memorized and specific procedures followed to in order to apply them to exercises over and over again. He also discusses the difference between “exercises” and “problems,” arguing that a problem is something that you don’t know how to solve, making it a challenge and implementing a creative process. Mathematics is full of imagining and playing, in which the “facts” and methods are discovered out of the process of wondering why a number or shape acts a certain way. This short book suggests the importance of teaching mathematics through fostering curiosity that students show up with at school but seem to lose as they get older.  

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AP Calculus Project - Derive So Hard (E.M.P.)

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Just too good not to post! 

This is a perfect example of a video project that students could do, in which they develop a video based off of a certain math concept. This is creativity at it's finest!

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The Precalculus Photo Project

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This wiki page is a great example of a class that participated in a photo project that involved finding examples of trig functions in the world around them and placing the pictures of these examples on a cartesian plane determining the function they correspond to. Students use creativity in finding examples of trigonometric functions in the world. They also use creativity in determining how to illustrate the picture on a cartesian plane in which the students draw in themselves. Students could work in pairs and were required to post their example to the wiki. This activity provides a basis and could be used for any function. 

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The Probability of Being in the Hunger Games

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This article from the magazine, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, illustrates a math-related activity involving probability in The Hunger Games. The authors describe the activity in which students collect the data, or the "entries for the reaping," and then they analyze it, or determine their chances for being selected for the Hunger Games. Students create their own equations and illustrations of their work and probabilities of being selected. This allows for creativity among methods in answering the problems while keeping them intrigued and engaged. It is also a way of showing how creativity in a math classroom can be found by integrating current trends in a math classroom. 

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21st Century Math Projects

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Ideas for fun and engaging Middle & High School Math Projects that focus on academic rigor and real world relevancy. From Algebra to Calculus!
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This blog is a great resource for finding projects related to 21st Century topics that are important for high school students to learn, including the arts, health and global awareness. The projects can be purchased or simply looked at and incorporated into your classroom. 

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Math Craft - Mathematically Inspired Art Projects « Wonder How To

Math Craft - Mathematically Inspired Art Projects « Wonder How To | More Than Just Numbers | Scoop.it

 

 

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This blog provides the opportunity for the world to share artwork inspired by math. With new projects submitted everyday, this website could serve as a great resource for teachers in implementing creativity in a math setting. While this blog is not catered directly to teachers, it can be easily used for project-based learning opportunities. 

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