Shapes, Symmetry, Manipulatives & Money: Professional Development Class

In this workshop geared towards grade school teachers, participants will learn how to teach shapes, symmetry and spatial relationships.

This class will take place across two sessions:

Wednesday, August 12, 10am-12pm EDT

Thursday, August 13, 10am-12pm EDT

In this two-day course for grade school teachers, participants will work with paper templates to create manipulatives that can be inexpensively reproduced for children to work with at home. Building fluency with the composition of shapes, symmetry, and attention to spacial relationships will be emphasized. The course will bridge the concept of shape composition to number composition. Participants will be introduced to a way of giving children practice counting coins while they are building images. Images created by the coin and pattern block manipulatives will link to prompts for writing stories and reflections.

The instructor will cover methods of connecting student attention to hands on materials and ways to leverage that attention, and ways to encourage independent exploration of materials. This course will connect activities to both literacy and math.

Students should have the following materials:

– scissors

– gluestick

– paper

– assigned handouts (participants will receive these after registration)

About the Instructor:

Thirty years collaborating with teachers to create projects for the classroom, 2019 and 2020 exhibited math/art work in Bridges Math/Art exhibition, taught workshops at CBA, Museum of Mathematics, Cooper Hewitt Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dieu Donne. Has presented at various conferences, including MOVES 2019, Math Unfolded: The Mathematical Art of Origami. Coauthored Scholastic’s 25 Totally Terrific Social Studies Activities; work has been featured in Helen Hiebert’s book, Paper Illuminated, Lark’s Making Books and Journals, and Diane Maurer-Mathison’s book, The Art and Craft of Handmade Cards.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.