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Get Inspired and Put on Your Math Goggles!

Read stories about inspired learning and teaching at the NAIS Inspiration Lab. RUSMP's Robin Ward has contributed several articles urging other educators to put on their Math Goggles®. 

100- romero britto revised

"Put on Your Math Goggles! Seeing Patterns in a Romero Britto"
Posting describes how third graders used the art of Romero Britto as a springboard to creating and exploring patterns and combinations.

100 - paul klee

"Put on Your Math Goggles! Seeing Math in a Paul Klee" 
Posting describes how third graders used their own Paul Klee-inspired "Marjamshausen" masterpieces to explore estimation and two- and three-dimensional shapes.

100- van gogh revised

"Put on Your Math Goggles! Creating and Interpreting Bar Graphs Using The Starry Night" 
Posting describes how kindergarteners donned their math goggles and engaged in a rich, interdisciplinary activity linking the visual arts, mathematics, reading, and writing, using Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night as a lens.

100-sol lewitt

"Exploring Linear Equations Using Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings” 
Posting describes how seventh and eighth grade algebra students used the conceptual artwork of Sol LeWitt to explore the graphing of linear equations.


“Exploring Measurement Using Josef Albers’ Squares” 
Posting describes how fifth graders used the artwork of Josef Albers to challenge their proportional reasoning skills.


“Exploring M.C. Escher’s Tantalizing Tessellations” 
Posting describes how fifth graders used the artwork of M.C. Escher to come to a deeper, hands-on understanding of how transformations are used in the creation of tessellations.


"Counting with Georges Seurat" 
Posting describes how pre-kindergarten students created colorful pointillist art in the style of Georges Seurat, and then counted and compared the number of colored dots in their and their classmates’ masterpieces.

100 - picasso

"Seeing Math in a Picasso" 
Posting describes how second graders used the artwork of Pablo Picasso as a springboard to explore two- and three-dimensional figures.


"Seeing Math in a Mondrian" 
Posting describes how kindergarteners used the artwork of Piet Mondrian to explore geometric shapes and horizontal and vertical lines.