|Fifth graders design and sew quilt squares to demonstrate tessellation.|
Can all kids love math? I think so.
For students in the past, math was considered something you were naturally good or bad at. But, thank goodness, it's different now. Along with a base of mathematical concepts and facts built through games, objects, and some good old memorization, math learning can move into a realm that is highly interesting to children. Kids can "make math" - and they love it.
In Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It the author talks about a Cornell professor who wants to teach math so that students "get the pleasure of thinking, the pleasure of wrestling with a problem that fascinates."
That's what I see on students' faces when I walk into math classes at Parker - math that is both an intellectual discipline and a creative endeavor.