Teaching mathematical thinking through origami
(folding, hand model, editing, and Web publication)
Swarthmore, PA 19081
AbstractIn this paper, we offer general and specific
strategies for using activities based on origami to invoke mathematical
thinking. Origami refers to the Japanese art of paper folding. Background is
given on origami, including the development and critical aspects of the practice
of origami in the United States. Next, we indicate how origami can relate to the
current goals of K-12 mathematical education. General strategies are described
that can be applied to any origami model. The basic strategy is for students to
do the teaching. Then we describe in detail a variety of models. The examples
include a variety of different computer-based techniques that middle and high
school students can use to produce supporting materials for teaching.
The material on this Web site was originally created for the Second Annual Bridges Conference:
Mathematical Connections in Art, Music and Science , July 30-August 1,
1999, Winfield, Kansas.