Arapaho Mathematics: The Symmetry of the Symbols
This paper is about teaching a mathematic concept of symmetry in middle school on the Wind River Indian reservation. These were students I taught throughout the course of the school year 2013-2014 and each of them had varying abilities in math. The objective of each lesson was not to teach symmetry in isolation but to teach Northern Arapaho symbolism as a way to understand symmetry. I reversed the objective of the unit to teach about the culture of the Northern Arapaho people and used math as the tool to help the students understand traditional knowledge, and relate it to their mathematical ...
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