Math as a Verb

Here’s the full quote:

I like to play games. Almost any type of game.

I also like to play math.

If you’ve known enough mathematicians, you may have noticed that this isn’t unusual. I’m not sure if a love of games and puzzles among mathematicians exceeds a love of music among mathematicians, but both are strong and intersect.

Math in play is also a way of teaching mathematics. I think that as a metaphor, it best describes how I want to teach math.

I am constantly seeking ways to get my students thinking about math as a verb. It is about doing, not just about having right answers or the end product.

Games help set the culture I want to develop: Teaching students that multiple approaches and strategies are valued; trying is safe; and conversations about why, how, and discovery are the goals.

—John Golden
Yes, Playing Around

CREDITS: “Football outside Jakarta” photo by Robert Collins on Unsplash.

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