A little about me and my website.
I am a qualified AST and currently teach A Level Mathematics at a stand-alone sixth form campus, with additional responsibility as STEM Faculty Lead Practitioner. I live and work in sunny Suffolk with my son and our two (mathemati)cats, Mario and Luigi.
I have always been irresistibly drawn to colour, symmetry and pattern, and at school I was lucky enough to be able to pursue my interests in both Mathematics and Art & Design at A Level. I attended art college for two years before realising that I missed those particular challenges and rewards that are unique to mathematics. I changed paths and eight years ago I enrolled on the Secondary Mathematics PGCE at the University of Cambridge.
As luck would have it, my initial placement was in a fantastically creative maths department where I was first introduced to mathematical art and origami. Then, in my NQT year, I was given the opportunity to attend the BCME 7 conference (if you have never been to one, do go). Amongst others, I attended Sue Pope's session on Origami, Liz Meenan's session on Folding Paper Polygons, and Jennie Golding's session on Drawing Celtic Knotwork. I was hooked, and mathematical art became 'my thing'.
I have been an active tweeter for a few years now, and although I always recommend Twitter as an invaluable teaching and CPD resource, its transitory nature can be frustrating at times. This website has arisen out of a desire to build a more permanent repository for my ideas and resources, and a platform from which to share them more widely with other teachers.
Here you will find fully-resourced mathematical art lessons as well as displays I have created to brighten up my classroom and support my students' learning. I have archived my modular origami projects here, and offer some advice on using origami in lessons or setting up origami clubs. And there is also a page where I recommend some of the beautifully elegant logic and visuo-spatial iOS puzzle games I have happened upon and enjoyed.
Finally, all my own work is licensed under the Creative Commons. Please use freely (including tweaking and editing for your own teaching needs) and share alike, with attribution. Do not use for commercial purposes. You can contact me if you have any questions about usage rights or would like editable copies of any of my pdf resources.
Please explore; I do hope you find it useful.
Clarissa Grandi 2016