By Anna Dobos: Creativity and mathematics with Mr. Honner
Where is the creativity in Math? I like to learn interesting “stuff” in Math from professionals such as Patrick Honner. I`m always happy to see educators sharing the same philosophy as I believe in. My philosophy has a lot to do with CREATIVITY, so I very much connect with a philosophy of a great mathematician at Brooklyn Technical High School, New York, Patric Honner.
A primary objective of Mr.Honner.com is to exhibit the math all around us in order to stimulate question-posing and hypothesizing. Would you agree that these are the first steps in structuring a good mathematical investigation?
Mr. Honner is a finalist for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Mr. Honner is a three-time recipient of Math For America‘s Master Teacher Fellowship, and an active in MfA’s professional community. He spoke at the 2012 TEDxNYED conference about creativity and mathematics. I would recommend you to see the short video of his presentation on the TED website.
Can you imagine a teacher walking around with a camera? I can. I like that he is also a photographer, who can take pictures of “Math in real life”, you know what I mean. Math is everywhere around us and students should be taught to find it, recognize it, see it, use it, and play with it. Would you agree that we need to make Math more visible? How do you teach your students to see Math around us and make Math more apparent?
Simple example right here, just look at this photograph showing a view of a city through a rectangular netting.
You can see more pieces from Mr. Honner`s collection of mathematical photography here.