Creative Thinking in Math
Math teacher and author of The Case for Creativity in Math Education, Mark Lenergan, says, “As a teen, I could not figure out my life, but in this abstract world of math, I could resolve all my problems.”
Turns out that what I, Mark Lenergan, and probably most other math teachers found comforting about math class is exactly what many children find distressing, oppressive, and just plain awful - instructional methods that require that students refrain from thinking for themselves and focus on following directions. Mindlessly. There is no room for creative thinking in math. Right?