Playing with tiles beginning to tessellate

Gomathy, R. (2019) Playing with tiles beginning to tessellate. At Right Angles. pp. 38-43. ISSN 2582-1873

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Many people are of the opinion that mathematics is only about numbers and number operations, and thus myths related to who can do mathematics and who cannot, abound. It is possible that children may struggle with numbers, but it is hard to believe that there could be a child who doesn’t recognize patterns. We see children creating patterns all the time using stones, sticks, leaves, flowers, finger prints, vegetable carvings, rubber stamp impressions and also mathematical shapes. Often they create patterns unknowingly as part of their games and activities. Children should look for patterns as a means of understanding and learning mathematics. “Looking for patterns trains the mind to search out and discover the similarities that bind seemingly unrelated information together as a whole…. A child, who expects things to make sense, looks for the sense in things and from this sense develops understanding. A child who does not see patterns often does not expect things to make sense and sees all events as discrete, separate and unrelated.”

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Gomathy, R.
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Tessellation, Pattern, Play, Tiles, Colour, Shape
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
Full Text Status: Public
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