Math Promotes Calm and Flow

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Math can be therapeutic! I know there are dozens of studies re: Math anxiety but I propose that Math can bring on flow and thereby calmness.

I have the great fortune of working with students and teachers on this great thing we call Math.  In Math, we have the opportunity to find some comfort in the known and knowable with consistency and dependability.  This week, I observed a lesson on the Exterior Angle Theorem and the teacher did an excellent job of drawing 8th graders into the intrigue and puzzlement of Math and the ‘aha’/’Eureka’ of understanding.  This promotes a flow state and a sense of accomplishment and calm.

The teacher used this excellent Geogebra:
Geogebra Exterior Angle Applet
Geogebra Ext Angle ThmTriangle



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