Integrating the arts into mathematics learning allows students to experiment with shape and form, investigate abstract concepts with concrete materials, and approach problems from multiple perspectives. Students realize that mathematics can help them order and understand the natural world. At the same time, art invites students to participate in the creative playfulness and aesthetic expression so often missing in classroom mathematics. This fully online course presents a palette of practices for integrating the arts and mathematics. Participants will explore ways that math and art can enrich each other, expanding opportunities for meaning-making though hands-on learning, creative design, enhanced problem solving, and real-world application. This course is designed to meet the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the National Core Arts Standards. This course may be completed with or without students.
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As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.