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creative-math - Mathematicsasa CreativeArt ScottKim

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Mathematics as a  Creative Art   Scott Kim Iolani School • February 4, 2008
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What’s missing English mechanics = grammar English creative = writing original work Math mechanics = algorithms Math creative = ?
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Mathematics as a creative art Creating original, expressive work Like art or writing Like math research
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But how can students create math? Original creative work Engaging, meaningful  Every student succeeds
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Answer: Puzzles Puzzles are math made fun Something for every ability Many opportunities for creativity QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
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Math Fairs (mathfair.com) Students build puzzles Add themes of their own Present in fair-like setting
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Game Clubs (thinkfun.com) Pack of 6 puzzles, 4 copies each Students work at stations Reflect on strategies Teacher manuals
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How do you create puzzles? Where do you get started? How do you get new ideas? What makes a good puzzle? 
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I design puzzles QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
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QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Railroad Rush Hour Published by ThinkFun Sequel to Rush Hour I designed Rush Hour Extravaganza is a  Game Club pack
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1. Compose challenges Work backwards Add pieces to board Compose sequence easy to hard
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2. Change presentation Change size Change appearance Change story
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3. Vary rules Vary board size Vary pieces Vary goal
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Summary Creative math = puzzles Math Fairs, Game Clubs 1. Compose challenges 2. Change presentation 3. Vary rules
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Thank You
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Thank You Exploring Math Through Puzzles (keypress.com) Brainteasers Page-a-day Calendar (pageaday.com) Discover Magazine (discovermagazine.com) Railroad Rush Hour, Sudoku 5x5 (thinkfun.com) ThinkFun teacher guides (puzzles.com) Math dance (mathdance.org) scottkim.com             shufflebrain.com
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