Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Rockefeller Hall 310
Title: An Intersection of Quantitaative Literacy and Creative Literacy: Using Poetry to Enhance the Cognititve and Affective Domains of Learning in the Mathematics Classroom
Abstract: How do we as mathematics educators provide alternative ways in which students engage in mathematical discourse and explore mathematical ideas, thereby improving students’ quantitative literacy? How do creative literacy and quantitative literacy conjointly enhance the cognitive and affective domains in the mathematics classroom? The use of mathematics in poetry extends beyond more obvious platforms such as counting syllables or lines and stresses in meter and structure. This talk will offer that teaching mathematics with poetry provides an opportunity to not only address quantitative reasoning, but to also improve students’ quantitative literacy. Writing poetry inspired by mathematics offers students the opportunity to frame mathematical reasoning with arguments grounded in succinctness and clarity of thought processes. Additionally, writing poetry inspired by mathematics bolsters students’ confidence in performing mathematics.