Conclusion: Learning mathematics through playful teaching
The focus throughout this book has been on four types of creativity – creative teaching, creative learning, creative partnerships and creative mathematics. These four aspects work together to produce an approach that may be called teaching for creativity. All rely on a creative and therefore playful teacher – someone prepared to take risks and entertain new ideas and with a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them. Time and time again, when we were researching for this book, it became apparent that the chosen approach is only as good as the teacher – when using, for example, manipulatives or apparatus or exploring origami, and showing a general willingness to be playful, curious, adventurous and enthusiastic. The teacher in the example that follows was playful and willing to take risks and demonstrated both a sense of fun and trust in the children.