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Section 1.3

Mary BarattaLorton published a book for elementary teachers called Mathematics
Their Way
: “Looking for patterns trains the mind to search out and discover the similarit
ies that bind seemingly unrelated information together in a whole.
.. A child who expects
things to “make sense” looks for the sense in things and from this sense develops un
derstanding. A child who does not see patterns often does not expect things to make
sense and sees all events as discrete, separate, and unrelated.”

Patterns are not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; rather, patterns are the rain
bow that leads to the pot of gold, which is the mathematical structure.

One aspect common to all patterns (whether geometric or numerical) is that there is
repetition

Examining this repetition, we find an underlying structure or organization.

Understanding structure enables us to make generalization, which in turn
enables the suers of this knowledge to do more powerful math
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 Spring '09
 ERMER
 Math

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