From an interview with Malke for kids and parents over at Bedtime Math!
"When you make math and dance at the same time you obviously use and strengthen geometric and spatial reasoning skills. In percussive dance there’s also pattern building, recognition and analysis which is also a big part of mathematical thinking. And a really important part of both dance and math is attitude: don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to try new things. It’s fun to play around with ideas, whether it be in dance or math!"
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Tales of Malke's adventures at Twitter Math Camp 2014 (presenting to and learning from the math teachers) can be found in a series of blog posts.
What is the role of embodied mathematics in our classrooms? READ MORE
Three ways to bring Math in Your Feet to your area
Check out Malke's NEW WEBSITE which includes three new professional learning workshops, including an option to support you in creating your own math and movement/dance activities!
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I've got a couple Math in Your Feet and Math by Design teacher workshops coming up...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN (within driving range from IL, KY, MI and OH!)
Three hours of dig-in, hands-on experience with the the core Math in Your Feet lessons. $30 workshop fee. Participants leave with a comprehensive workshop packet, a link to the classroom materials packet, and new understanding of how you can make math and dance at the same time. More info on the workshop here: http://bit.ly/1ackB7h
June 16-18, 2014
Union College, Barbourville, KY (located in SE Kentucky and within driving range of IN, OH, TN, WV, NC, VA and maybe even GA or SC)
Three days of learning how to integrate math and the arts! Four teaching artists will provide a range of math/art combinations for use in the classroom. I will be providing a comprehensive program that includes three hours of teacher workshops (as described above) with an additional three hours of work with kids. After your workshop with me, you then get a chance to observe and assist me in the student workshops so you can see how it all plays out with real live kids. Awesome.
There are three separate tracks for primary, intermediate, and middle/high school teachers. Intermediate teachers will focus primarily on the Math in Your Feet program. Primary teachers will experience the full three-hour Math in Your Feet teacher workshop but observe how I adapt those ideas for younger students; I will also incorporate some Math by Design activities during the student workshop. Middle and high school teachers will experience and then assist with the Math by Design program.
More info on the Union College summer art/math integration institute will be available in early February. If you are interested, sign up to receive an e-mail update from me when details become available.
Well, it's been an exciting week bracketed by two incredible conversations that have me thinking a mile a minute.
The short version is I think I finally have a good starting concept for a new Math in Your Feet project, this time for teachers. I already provide teacher workshops but it's clearly time to expand my offerings.
Work has begun in earnest on this project. I'm going to start small(ish) with a book about everything I'm thinking as I teach my young learners, and everything I want to communicate during teacher workshops but never have enough time for. I already have an introduction drafted and a workable outline.
This new project will also include curriculum and DVD content, online courses for educators and an online learning and peer support community for people learning to teach the program.
The materials in this series are for anyone interested in learning and using the Math in Your Feet program with kids in grades K-8 whether during school hours, after-school, summer programs, enrichment, remedial, special education or home education. If you would like to be notified as these materials and courses become available, please let me know. And, if you know of anyone who might also be interested in this kind of work, please pass on this information.
When will it be ready? Great question! Hopefully sooner rather than later and, most likely, in stages. Sign up for infrequent but, in all likelihood, quite thrilling updates.
If you're interested in something new right this very instant go read my brand new article in the Teaching Artist Journal called Making Math and Making Dance: A Closer Look at Integration. It's probably the best writing and thinking I've done to date.
This is big, y'all. I can't wait to see where in the world we can get kids and adults making math and making dance together.
An excerpt from my newly published article for the Teaching Artist Journal:
"In the eight years since I first had the germ of an idea about the possibility of connecting percussive dance and math at the elementary level I have had more questions than answers about the nature of arts integration, specifically in relation to mathematics...
"After some years of sitting on this question, and a few more of actively searching for answers, I think I have finally come to an understanding about what is going on in Math in Your Feet. I am much clearer on how the math and the dance interact beyond specific math topics and vocabulary. These are answers about the really interesting, important connections between percussive choreography and mathematical thinking, moving well beyond memorization and procedure and into the real processes of doing math. They are also answers about the choices I made as I brought my art form and the strange, beautiful world of mathematics together for young learners."
Ostensibly, the audience for this piece includes arts educators and teaching artists but I humbly submit that anyone interested in interdisciplinary teaching or learning, especially in concert with mathematics, may be able to take something of value from this piece. And, the same goes for math educators interested in how to harness what Seymour Papert called 'body knowledge' (in his seminal book Mindstorms) in a way that maintains an authentic learning experience in both math and dance.
You can read the entire article here. This piece is the result of over two years of investigation, thinking, learning, exploring and question asking. I am curious to hear your thoughts, observations and, hopefully what new questions you might have. Any feedback you wish to share will be extremely helpful as I begin to conceptualize and outline a much bigger writing project that will considerably expand on the ideas in this new article.
Live television folks, anything can happen!
A couple weeks ago I hauled my dance board and my goofy self over to the WTIU studios on the Indiana University campus to tape a segment of the Friday Zone. We taped down some (purple! orange!) squares on a round set (now there's some mathematical problem solving for you) and got to work learning how to create our own percussive dance steps and make math, all at the same time.
Read more about it and watch the video!
Buys, busy summer! Lots and lots going on right now. First, my TEDxBloomington talk is now archived on YouTube!
Also, I'm in the beginning stages of a brand new book project with Moebius Noodles which includes a collaboration between Maria Droujkova, Gord from Math Pickle and myself (along with a special guest). Here's a screenshot from our first meeting. And, if you haven't bought or downloaded your copy of the new Moebius Noodles book, don't delay! It's super fantastic.
Also, along with six weeks of K-6 programming through the Summer Arts for Youth program via Arts for Learning in Indianapolis I'll be presenting with my Teaching Artist Handbook colleagues at the HOT Schools Summer Institute in Connecticut.
And, through the generosity of the Lambent Foundation I will be attending a summer institute through the Harvard Graduate School of Education -- The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning with Yo-Yo Ma, the Silkroad Ensemble and Project Zero faculty. And, while I'm in the Boston area I've got an opportunity to tour MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten lab! I've been reading Seymour Papert's The Children's Machine and you can imagine how stoked I am to have a chance to meet and talk with the folks there!
I'm also looking for new contributors for ALT/space, the international online writing project for the Teaching Artist Journal. If you know someone working at the intersection of arts and learning who is doing interesting work and interested in sharing stories of their teaching practice with the field, send them my way!!
Have a very happy summer everyone!
It was an amazing process and, finally, an amazing day at TEDxBloomington. (There I am in the green/yellow shirt at the end of the day when all the speakers, crew and organizers made their way onto the stage.) My talk will be online in the next couple months (post-production can take some time) alongside the talks from Drew Ramsey, MD (one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of dietary change to balance mood, sharpen brain function and improve mental health), Ryan Germick (Google Doodle team lead), Eric Deggans (TV/Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times and author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation), Robert Einterz, MD (whose efforts have literally saved thousands of AIDS inflicted people in Kenya) and many other incredible people with incredible stories. I was in fine company and it was an honor to share my my work in this way.
There's been a flurry of fun and activity this month in Math in Your Feet land! Here's a wrap-up of the new things happening, including updates to the Math in Your Feet website and other projects I'm involved in:
- Have you booked a residency or a workshop? There is now a Program Materials page so you can read, download and/or print student materials before a workshop or residency.
- I'm excited to announce the launch of Teaching Artist Tool Shop, a collective of artists, teaching artists and arts educators. We are producing videos and other materials that present concrete, interesting and useful teaching tools that derive from years of practical experience and engage theoretical ideas that are firmly rooted in
practice. You can see my first video on the Teaching Artist Tool Shop Page, and access the video guide and overview there as well.
- I was recently invited to become a regular contributor to the Moebius Noodles blog, a leader in adventurous, rich math experiences for babies, toddlers, young children and their adults! You can read more about my writing and
editing projects here.
- I'll be presenting about Math in Your Feet at TEDxBloomington on March 22, 2013. If you're not in Bloomington at that time, don't worry! It'll be live-streamed the day of and archived on YouTube!
- Some fun new posts on the blog include building multiplication towers in the post Messin' Around with the Commutative Property and an exciting new math book I found that deals with both multiplication and scale in the post Ten Times Better, Longer, Faster, Farther: Understanding Scale.
For that matter, you might also be interested in the aha! moment my daughter had about units in the post When is a 10 not a 10? or perhaps you're looking for some good math games? Don't miss my post My Favorite Math Games and Interactives: Online & Off!
Phew! That's a LOT! I hope the New Year is getting off to a great start for you as well!
All the best,
It really couldn't be more perfect. I've been invited to speak at TEDxBloomington on Friday, March 22, 2013. I'll be describing and illustrating how "Jump Patters" (a tool I created so anyone could choreograph percussive dance steps) creates an active and meaningful bridge to mathematics. If you can't make it all the way to Bloomington, IN, don't despair! Each talk of the day will be archived on YouTube!! More details to come, I'm sure!
I'm pretty darn excited that not only has the Math in Your Feet blog The Map is Not the Territory been included on the TeachersFirst website but it has also been chosen as a featured site for the week of December 16, 2012! Check out my entry!