Teach by Dancing along

I feel that this week is more like a dance week combined with mathematics. I hope you enjoy this nice topic. At first I was a little skeptical about it, but it seems that math works perfect with any dance moves. In my last topic, it was more like a art representation, but this time is a way of teaching.

First of all, I will start with Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern who are co-directors of a dance company founded in 1987, and their interesting project which combines dance and mathematics.

Take a look at their TEDx talk about this project:

I consider that their idea is unique and can change the way people understand some basic math concepts which are important for further studying. Also, this is an easy way to attract more and more kids into The Land of Mathematics and its mysteries.

For more information visit the project’s website mathdance, and also take a look at the school’s website.

Secondly, let us take a small look into a different type of dancing and this is math in your feet:

First and foremost, Math in Your Feet is an integration of two separate but highly complementary paths of inquiry. Percussive dance is a sophisticated, precise, and physical expression of time and space using foot-based dance patterns. Mathematics has been called both an art as well as the ‘science of patterns’ and initially developed to understand, describe, and manipulate the physical world.

Math in Your Feet leads students through the problem solving process of creating their own dance patterns. Along the way, they increase their understanding of mathematical topics such as: congruence, symmetry, transformation, angles and degrees, attributes, pattern recognition, symbols, and mapping on a coordinate grid, as well as deep experience with mathematical practices. The mathematical content of all activities was developed in collaboration with award-winning math education specialist Jane Cooney.

So, here you have other incredible and creative ways of teaching mathematics. Hope you like them ( I surely would like to try them sometime), and if you would like to see more let me know. Any feedback is appreciated so use the like and share buttons and also comment below with your opinion.

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