Sunday, April 4, 2010

Musical Mathematics (December 13, 2007)

Another shot of the 2007-2008 Urban Diversity group, again during Math Education class. Here, a musically-inclined teacher candidate is using drums in a demonstration of creative teaching of mathematics--using musical notes to explain fractions.

This small group exercise was one of about five that took place within a larger group presentation, involving class members in different practical activities they could use in the classroom. I remember that one of the other groups also used music, but each member played a different 'fraction' in a dance number involving a waltz. At another table, images of flowers had been used to make segments that could be put together in different ways, with each 'petal' representing a fraction of the whole flower.

Lesson learned--it's really quite difficult to come up with inventive ways of teaching these things to small children.

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