Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Movement and Mathematics in College

Erik Stern and Julian Chan
Proceedings of Bridges 2016: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture (2016)
Pages 641–648 Workshop Papers


This 90-minute workshop shares several aspects of an innovative interdisciplinary college course, Pattern Play, that links mathematics and dance to meet creative arts and quantitative literacy requirements. Participants will: 1) Engage in two open-ended movement activities – Giant Tangrams and Hustling Graph – that introduce geometry, algebra, and dance concepts as well as the broader theme of kinesthetic and arts-based learning, 2) Learn how the creative discovery process can be used to form an atmosphere of experimentation and play that can positively affect student attitudes about mathematics, dance and learning, and 3) Learn how strategies such as movement, breath control, and reframing/redesigning assignments help students identify and cope with learning anxiety.