Saturday, September 28, 2013

Aesthetic Realism: The Teaching Method Children Deserve

I'm happy to announce the recent publication of an article by middle school math teacher Zvia Ratz in the international periodical, The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.  Ms. Ratz, originally from Israel, uses the Aesthetic Realism method as the basis of her math lessons and tells in this article of the tremendous success she had teaching Transformation Geometry to middle level students.  She describes it as, "...the study of how a shape can change position on a coordinate plane while preserving its original shape and size."  Through seeing how the opposites of sameness and change are made one in Transformational Geometry, students saw a surprising structure in an often confusing subject and learned how to make better sense of the way these very same opposites can be better related in their own lives.