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Educational Perspectives, v39 n2 p15-18 2006

Students must be encouraged to think for themselves by tapping into their imaginations. Only when mathematical concepts are presented in an imaginative way will students fully benefit from their experience. Both teachers and students must engage themselves in this creative realm of thinking, where imagination plays a vital part in learning and teaching. In this article, the author describes how she used imagination in her tenth grade math class. She discusses the characteristics of her math class that made it so effective in an imaginative way. She presents examples of using imagination in the math classroom and describes imaginative techniques that she used in her lesson. The author argues that it is the responsibility of educators to engage students in meaningful and exciting lessons that aid in learning course material. It is the teacher's task to develop various activities that challenge students to think in creative and innovative ways. (Contains 1 footnote.)

Descriptors: Imagination, Cultural Pluralism, Mathematical Concepts, Grade 10, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, High School Students, Mathematics Activities, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills

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Autor: Wilke, Jarrett


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