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Maths Gallery

February 16, 2011

I’ve just caught a bit of a tv program about sculpture. They were in an art gallery and someone was explaining what the artist was trying to get across (presumably in that person’s opinion), Would a maths gallery have lots of different bits of maths, by different people, appealling to different people?
Would there be a maths critic interpreting the work for interested bystanders?
If I do this in a lesson, should I be the critic or is it too optimistic to think it could be the student/s?

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6 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink

    I don’t think this is too optimistic at all. In fact, I would ask the students to design the exhibits themselves. You could ask them to curate the maths gallery themselves, and/or provide you with all the information that would allow you to act as a guide fro visitors on their behalf.The role of the 21st Century teacher needs to move far closer to this pedagogical model. In this way, students really will be able to take the lead in their own learning and, similarly, teachers be able to address inaccuracies and be truly responsive to learning, rather than direct it.Nice post, Dave.

  2. Linda Edge permalink

    Followed a link from Twitter to this page. I think it’s a great idea. Would work very well in a range of subjects. Zoe’s idea of getting students to curate it themselves has potential, too.

  3. Anonymous permalink

    I work in an IB school and students DO create exhibitions with their own work. They choose a topic, inquire, conduct research, experiment, and then present their findings and understandings to school community. Students from the whole school, as well as parents and staff are invited. As Zoe said, ownership of learning, autonomy and purpose are essential.Great idea, Dave ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Anonymous permalink

    Thanks for all your posts guys!Hi Zoe, I think you’re right that this is the way forward. I’d be very interested to see what the students come up with when faced with the challenge of "Make a Maths Gallery".Linda: I can see how this would be great in many subjects. Do you see maths as a slightly more challenging option than, say, humanities?Cristina: That sounds awesome. What sort of things do they create? Do you have any photos? Does anyone choose a maths theme?Dave

  5. Anonymous permalink

    Dave, I made a blog post especially for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ http://ateacherswonderings.posterous.com/exhibition-of-learning

  6. Anonymous permalink

    Really pleased you’ve done this for me. I’ve put some comments here:http://ateacherswonderings.posterous.com/exhibition-of-learningDave

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