Mathematical Poems

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The present work arose from this researcher’s real life experiences with students in several classrooms in different countries. Many students found numerous mathematical concepts difficult to grasp and apply to real life situations. By presenting those difficult-to-understand concepts in the form of poetry mathematics came to life for the students. Their interest in the subject was heightened, their understanding became clearer and their enthusiasm was aroused. Except in a few instances, most of the poems are deliberately kept as one pagers. It is hoped that this blend between mathematics and the arts will promote interdisciplinarity and result in renewed interest in mathematics as a discipline useful to everyday situations.


Keywords: Mathematics, Poetry, Concepts, Interest
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Mathematical Poems


Professor Professor Betty McDonald

Coordinator, Center for Assessment and Learning, University of Trinidad and Tobago
Arima, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Betty McDonald was recruited from The University of The Bahamas. At City University, University of London and University of Manchester in England she collaborated with fellow researchers in assessment. At Pennsylvania State University, USA she was a Fulbright Humphrey H. Fellow. Dr. McDonald was also a Visiting Professor to Wits, UNISA, South Africa and Visiting Scholar to The University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and The University of Toronto, Canada. She is currently a member of AERA/NCME,CRESST, ASCD, UNA-USA. She has numerous international publications in refereed journals like The School Psychology International Journal, Research in Education Journal, Assessment in Education and The International Journal of Vocational Education and Training. She is a reviewer for several journals and a consultant for The Assessment and Learning Research Synthesis Group Project at The University of London. A proud recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious UNESCO Award for her contribution to national development in the area of education, Dr. McDonald has 35 years experience at the secondary and tertiary levels in Barbados, Belize, England, Jamaica and The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She also served as Assistant Registrar at The Caribbean Examinations Council in Barbados. Her interests include measurement, assessment, applied statistics and mathematics education.

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