Creative Teaching & Learning

Reconsidering Maths as a Creative Discipline

Creativity is at the heart of mathematical practice, with models, images and symbols providing a foundation for solving problems, building empathy and considering others’ points of view. Josh Lury offers some tactics for approaching maths problems while deepening creativity.
Classroom working on math

‘It sometimes happens that during an arithmetic lesson, when the very atmosphere seems heavy with tedium, a butterfly will flutter into the classroom from out of doors. Then the urchins will all crane their necks and follow its flight with curiosity, as if they saw before them something strange and new and not simply a butterfly.’

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