I had an interesting conversation on Twitter today with Christopher Danielson about body knowledge (Papert) in relation to mathematical knowing and learning. I've Storified it now but here's what showed up in my in box later in the day -- perfect timing, as they say.
Some thoughts before you watch:
1. This is the first dance/math video I've seen that I've not been grumpy after watching it. I think I also finally understood statistics. That being said...
2. Could these concepts be illustrated effectively in some other way, meaning without the moving human bodies?
3. What, if anything, have we learned about dance in the process of watching this video?
4. What, if anything, could be learned by turning this into a dance lesson? Would we understand anything more or differently after creating a dance based on the ideas in this choreography?
5. Would the dancing make sense without the text on the screen before and after the dancing? Would the math in the dancing make sense without the text?
If we are serious about using movement, or a specific dance form, in our math classrooms, I think it's worth thinking and talking about these kinds of questions. I'm not sure I have good answers for all of them, and I will weigh in, but I'm curious to hear your perceptions and thoughts first!