Teaching Math with String Figures

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I began to teach string figures as a way to reach students who din’t “like” math. It was a great deal of fun for the students to “goof off” in class and make interesting designs. What they didn’t count on was that it took dedicated effort and practice to become proficient at making figures. It took a focussed exactitude in performing a series of complex steps. This is exactly what it takes to become proficient at math and science. But the bottom line was that they truly enjoyed the experience and they all, repeat all, succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Robin was a student in the school who was a budding photographer. I asked her to take some pictures and this is the result.

Portraits by Robin Moore
Subjects, La Guardia Students

 

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