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During class, we were exposed to a variety of geometry activities that connect mathematics to personal experiences and incorporate visualization, kinaesthetic, and creativity (what am I game, building shapes with marshmallows, body drawings). We also watched a short video, titled “Notes on a Triangle.” The video was wonderful! Students could watch first for visual information, and then re-watch to notice patterning, different shapes, definitions of unknown shapes, etc. I immediately thought of the chapter we had to read for today’s class; as Jennifer stresses the importance of connecting mathematics to it, it being ‘more than human world.’ Thom takes the reader back to the snowflake, and the meaningful activities that formed from the snowflakes. While reading, I could see that the students were knowledgeable and understood the concepts of geometric patterns and shapes. They used mathematical language correctly and fluently and also came up with their own idea of how to verbalize their knowledge of snowflakes: through poetry.

I re-read the chapter several times. I did this because reading the passages made me feel good. I felt like I was peeking into what good teaching looks like. I felt that this is what education should look like: guided exploration. This is what successful teaching and learning looks like. Our cohort has gone on multiple school visits, and I have yet to see what Jennifer writes about in her book come to fruition. However, I know that there are educators who want to change what formal education looks like, feels like and acts like. I know that I will be taking these instrumental lessons from the textbook with me as I begin my teaching journey.