Beautiful Homework: The Artists' Critique Group in the Mathematics Classroom

Daylene Zielinski
Proceedings of Bridges 2010: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2010)
Pages 371–374 Short Papers


One never knows where one will find inspiration. In the following article, I will discuss my attempts to use an artist's critique group model to combat specific problematic behaviors in the teaching and learning of mathematics, particularly at the upper division level. In an effort to show the students producing disorganized work that it was truly possible for a student to create clean, readable, and beautiful work, I began searching for a way to share the best student products with all students in the class. This led me to create an electronic repository for the work produced by each student in the course that allowed all students to see each other's work and my comments on that work. Ultimately, this structure fosters asynchronous cooperative learning.