Is randomness merely the human inability to recognise a pattern that may in fact exist?
The three activities described show how order can be found in seemly random activities. The author has found that by using these activities on randomness, his students have developed a greater understanding of mathematical pattern and sequence. The teaching mathematical concepts in this way, engages and reinforces learning. It puts the ideas learnt into a setting and allows time for those ideas to be developed without any of the maths hang-ups which can sometimes occur in the classroom. By taking the maths beyond the classroom, we can more clearly illustrate the connections between the real world and what they are studying in school. In so doing students and teachers alike are enthused by the wealth of resources they have all around them in their own environments.
"Randomness: Developing an understanding of mathematical order,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 7
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol7/iss1/8