Getting a Feel for Mathematics
... by playing with cubes
How does one get a feel for mathematics?
Is this something that can be taught or engendered?
Does it evolve with experience? Can it be nurtured?
Teachers will often talk about a mathematical intuition or a mathematical sense:
"some students just seem to have it"
"but, sadly, so many don’t."
Can it be itemized in a strand or described as an expectation?
Can it be assessed?
Here are some activities that I think address this elusive quantity.