Creative writing in the mathematics classroom promotes mathematical applications in the real world, constructivist learning, embodied learning, transfer of mathematical ideas, and student engagement. When students are allowed to write about mathematical concepts creatively, they are able to take concepts that they have learned and put them into their world or even create a situation where the mathematical concept applies. Applying mathematical concepts to other environments helps learners transfer mathematical concepts. Learners are able to take the mathematics content and contextualize it outside of the classroom. Writing in mathematics also is a way for students to embody learning. Because writing involves some kind of physical action, connecting mathematics through physical means allows for active and embodied learning. Additionally, creative writing can help students to reformulate their thinking about a concept or can allow for review of mathematics material. As teachers and learners, we see the value in creative writing in the mathematics classroom. Writing can transform us and help to deepen understanding of mathematical concepts. In the classroom, we can use creative writing to aid in students’ understanding of mathematical concepts. Creative writing is also engaging and allows students the freedom to reformulate and review their mathematical thinking in their own ways.
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Lacefield, William and Markert, Laura
"Creative Writing in the Mathematics Classroom,"
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators: Vol. 13:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/gamte-proceedings/vol13/iss1/6