[pace] keeps students from becoming bored; their attention is constantly directed toward the math, along with many built-in ways to practice, especially with each other,” Jen said. She makes all of her lessons and materials available to students before the day of the class so they can start looking over what will be discussed in class.
“Math really has helped my creativity,” Elizabeth Hammerle, a student in the Algebra class, said to Jen. “I wasn’t expecting to be creative, but in making my arty brain think logically, it feels like I’m using all of my brain. It makes me think, and not just in a logical scientist manner. It feels like my left brain and right brain shake hands and all the sudden—BAM!—it makes sense!”
After this class ends, Jen intends to do the same thing for Geometry. “I think math is fun, which is why I design lessons where we play with math, and never “work” with it,” Jen said after an enjoyable game of simplifying algebraic expressions, where one student proudly displayed her Captain America Pez she won.