What Teachers are
Saying about Making Math Visible
I was lucky to have George Hart
and Elisabeth come to my school and do a workshop with my
class. Since then a number of students have been staying
up at lunch every day to build more constructions. They
The last activity with SOMA cubes gave me a lot of ideas to
start my class next year and also how to build a better culture
in my classroom.
Every workshop gave me new ideas to try with my students.
I love the way ideas were modeled and presented so I knew the
best way to implement them in my classroom.
I got some great ideas to replicate these workshops with my Math
Even though I came in feeling like I had a large knowledge base
in solid geometry, the depth of the workshops allowed us to
explore familiar mathematical objects and discover new patterns,
symmetries, and relationships in and among them.
I was lucky to have George and Elisabeth visit my school and
work with my students. Since that day, my students have been
asking to do more paper constructions, and they have. Their
mathematical works of art are now displayed all over the school,
in different offices, classrooms and hallways. We are making
... a great learning experience
...gave me some great ideas to have my students work on in class
This was certainly a 'workshop' and not a 'lecture'. We
constructed our own knowledge as opposed to him telling us the
mathematics. It was a great reminder of how fun it is to
discover mathematical properties!
George and Elisabeth gave detailed instructions, paced the
workshops very well (I was consistently impressed with their
timing in each of the two hour blocks), and managed the class
well, given the scale of the class and the magnitude of the
Most of the work was done in groups and there was no direct
teaching--very student centered.
I would love to do this again with some of his different
constructions! It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot since I
don't have a lot of background with geometry.
It was terrific! I'd love to do something like this again.
The children had such a wonderful time with
you, and have been bragging to the entire school about their
work. Thank you for your passion and enthusiasm, it was
pour la classe de mathématiques la semaine passée. Les
enfants sont très content. Moi aussi. Félicitations pour le