Shaping mathematics into compelling stories: A curriculum design heuristic
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Citation (published version)L Dietiker. 2015. "Shaping mathematics into compelling stories: A curriculum design heuristic." Educational Designer, Volume 2, Issue 8, pp. 1 - 17. Retrieved from: http://www.educationaldesigner.org/ed/volume2/issue8/article27
This article describes a mathematics curriculum design heuristic that was developed and used in the design of CPM Educational Program textbooks. It introduces a metaphor of mathematics curriculum as a narrative story, which allows for the design of mathematical experiences that emotionally moves students and teachers and compels them to engage. Specifically, it explains how curiosity and surprise can be intentionally designed within a mathematical sequence of curricular elements, such as tasks. Background that spurred the development of the mathematical story framework is offered and examples from designing lessons for Algebra and middle school are provided.