don steward
mathematics teaching 10 ~ 16

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

designing tessellations

an argument for spending more time on tessellating in the curriculum is that an analysis can lead to an appreciation of transformations, angle facts and symmetry properties

Jinny Beyer is well known for her long term work with quilting

in her book, 'designing tessellations, the secrets of interlocking patterns' she offers some analysis of e.g. how a square might be adapted by cutting and fitting to create several different designs using this basic principle:

students could create their own versions
try to reproduce one of the twenty that Jinny identifies in her book

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