When it comes to maths my mind is a black hole.
Algebra + me = coma
Sound familiar? Is this you? Your child?
Well, I used to think this way and
I thought I was super crap at maths.
It ends up -I'm not too bad actually!
How do I know?
Well I married a Maths teacher!
So many people consider that Maths and the Creative Arts
are at opposite ends of the learning spectrum.
I wish to assert an alternative and less common belief,
that just as music and maths are intrinsically linked,
so are visual art and maths.
In my Art classes I teach about measuring, fractions,
how to visually divide an image, how to frame, angles, pattern, tessellations...(big breath)...
the golden ratio, sequencing, perspective...
Do I really need to go on?
So if I can teach all this,
why did I think I was so rubbish at Maths for so long?
Maybe it has something to do with the unimaginative approach of my Maths teachers from
some 20 (a-hem) years ago.
Maybe it has something to do with
the notion that Maths has an image problem,
especially with girls.
So when the library staff at Mt Alvernia College,
an all girl's school in Kedron
commissioned some maths bunting I jumped at the chance!
How exciting to potentially engage young womens' maths inquiry through the visual arts!
I hope that when the girls' eyes wander
that maybe they will begin to wonder....
"What does that have to do with Maths?"
"Is Maths connected with that?"
Any inquiry is good as it is the beginnings of engagement.
The girls might even come to the conclusion
that maths can be beautiful,
(something my husband has been telling me for years).
|Envelope for Maths Bunting|
In Australia we call the subject Maths not Math as they do in America.