Across the USA there are more and more students whose parents are from around the world. It is important teachers can effectively teach mathematics to reach all students, particularly those with limited English proficiency, while establishing interdisciplinary and cultural connections and even working toward world peace. The purpose of this paper is to share how a class of students from an elementary school in South Florida with their teacher created mandalas to teach mathematics, art, writing, and even world peace to their students. Math teachers should strive to bridge the cultural gap among all students by incorporating innovative ideas as well as art, historical and cultural connections into their teaching so to foster understanding, appreciation, and tolerance for the richness inherent in diversity and a sound understanding of mathematics and art appreciation for other cultures which may even promote world peace as well as lowering math anxiety in a creative and meaningful ways. This paper shares a lesson plan activity using mandalas to teach mathematics while also incorporating writing, technology, art, and having students think about world peace.
Furner, Joseph M.
"Creating Mandalas for World Peace While Incorporating Mathematics, Art, Literature, Writing, and Technology,"
Transformations: Vol. 9:
1, Article 1.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/transformations/vol9/iss1/1