Mathematical Classroom Quilts

Elaine F. Ellison
Proceedings of Bridges 2009: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2009)
Pages 341–342 Short Papers


In an effort to create a visual and historical basis to my classroom instruction, I began quilting high school mathe- matics topics in the early 1980's. The visual approach to teaching a lesson was successful in that the quilts engaged the students immediately. Students' motivation and enjoyment of mathematics were evident in their enthusiasm for the topic being studied. Cultural and historical connections evolved with the story of each quilt.