Building Creativity into your Classroom

9th March 2019, #mathsconf18, Bristol

22nd June 2019, #mathsconf19, Sheffield

21st September 2019, #mathsconf20, Edinburgh


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All four starters were taken from Puzzle of the Week. You can find them all with their solutions in the puzzle library. The four used in this session were:

  • Puzzle 100: The Lost Timetable Puzzle

  • Puzzle 94: The Giant's Causeway Puzzle

  • Puzzle 77: The Computer Game Puzzle

  • Puzzle 72: The Substitution Cipher Puzzle

Session Tasks

Task 1: Double the Area of the Triangle

Task 2: Gabriel’s Problem

Task 3: Factors and Multiples Game

References and Further Reading

Creativity: How Does it Work?

Is Mathematics T.I.R.E.D? A Profile of Quiet Disaffection in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom

What We Think And Why We Think It

How Convergent and Divergent Thinking Foster Creativity

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

  • Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire (2016)

  • Published by Tarcherperigee

  • Amazon Link

Building Mathematical Creativity

Outliers: The Story of Success

  • Malcolm Gladwell (2009)

  • Published by Penguin

  • Amazon Link

The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

Mathematical creativity or general creativity?

A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As

A Mathematician's Lament

Other Resources

NRICH Mathematical Habits of Mind

NRICH Curriculum mapping documents

Mathematical Etudes

Puzzle of the Week

Three Act Math

Goal Free Problems