Introducing a New Site: Visual Patterns
Michael's Math Mistakes, Andrew's Estimation 180, and Dan's latest Graphing Stories made me think about creating a site that features visual patterns in which students are invited to figure out an equation for each one. If you've been following my blog or know me in person, then I think this whole pattern thing seems like a natural extension of what I'd love to share.
I don't know of an existing site that has what I have in mind.
But the ideas lie restless in my head because the idiot half of meself does not know how to create a functional site where visitors can click here and there and do this and that. Nor do I have the resources to make it happen.
Well, here's the site.
I have more concerns and questions than answers:
- The site needs its own domain name. [12/27: Done. Site is at http://www.visualpatterns.org/.]
- I don't want this to be "my" site because a. that's ridiculous and b. I simply cannot do this alone. I'm hoping it will become OUR site.
- That said, the site needs you and your students to submit more patterns and be credited for your work. Yes, I have accumulated a bunch over the years, but I get bored easily with my own stuff.
- Can we get patterns in live action? More compelling/perplexing images?
- What do you think of the handout for students to fill in?
I do believe it's a good thing. And I know with your critical feedback and guidance, this site will serve its purpose of helping students develop algebraic thinking through visual patterns.
Thank you so much for reading!