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Bradford Hansen-SmithBy Bradford Hansen-Smith
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Bradford Hansen-SmithBy Bradford Hansen-Smith
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How much math can be learned by folding one circle in half?

A year ago I counted over one hundred and twenty individual math functions and relationships by observing what is revealed in folding one paper plate circle in half. This information is accessible to anyone through observation and thinking about what they are doing. The information is in what we do, not what we have done, not by learning what others have done. This can be initiated at first grade level and is relevance to all subsequent years of math education. I am close to finishing 90 pages that walk through this process.

This project is to inform math educators about the educational benefits of folding circles. Initially 1,000 “One Fold Circle” books will be printed and mailed without charge to people in various Mathematics Education Departments in Universities, Collages, and private schools, directed to individuals in early math curriculum development and the teachers that teach our teachers. The total cost for this project is $7,875 and it will go for proof reading, printing and mailing. This will take two months to final proof the book, have it printed, compile a mailing list, and to mail them.

“One Fold Circle” is written for everyone since folding circles is new to everyone, regardless of their math education. This is about discovering the dynamic and comprehensive nature of the circle. This book is amply illustrated to show relationships and functions we do not know, nor would think are in the circle. It guides the reader through the process of observing what we do when folding the circle. This information enables us to recognize extensive multifunctional interconnections of relationships with only a few parts all in one place. Nothing is added or taken away, the circle is simply folded. Understanding the value of this process is in the experience of doing it. My hope is tihat recipients will be motivated to fold a circle, experience the depth of mathematical information and give serious consideration about how to integrate folding circles into primary grade curriculum. Having folded circles for twenty years I understand how little we know about the circle beyond the static image we draw.

Only the circle functions simultaneously as Whole and part, demonstrating both unity and unit. The paper plate is the most cost effective, comprehensive, hands-on, experiential, educational tool we have for understanding geometry and the fundamentals of mathematics. We do not know this because we only fold squares, draw pictures of circles, and are taught to recognize abstract symbols representing mathematical concepts. It is not possible from the image to anticipate the amount of conceptual and 2-D information, and the 3-D models that can be generated by simply folding and joining circles. Through the dynamics of folding, the circle is revealed to be the context for the isolated and fragmented mathematical functions we are required to learn.

We are stuck in a parts-to-whole education process. "One Fold Circle" makes the shift to a Whole-to-parts approach. The benefit is in demonstration of unity, learning by our own observations, discovering and sharing with others who are discovering for themselves, and sharing with us. Schools will find an economic advantage for folding circles; it enhances, expands, provides a comprehensive context that enlarges meaning, giving experiential understanding, delight, and wonder. It provokes curiosity about other ways of learning math in primary grades. Folding circles reveals process that is principled by the self-referencing movement of the Whole. Developers of early math education need to experience folding circles to know the benefits of working from unity.

You can find more information on my website: http://www.wholemovement.com about "One Fold Circle" (listed in Main Menu) and other aspects of folding circles, along with descriptions about my books that are offered as rewards for participating in this project.

There is also a demo video of my DVD “ An Introduction to Folding Circles for Information,” on my site and Youtube.

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