Quick Draw is an engaging mathematical activity that helps students develop their mental imagery. A figure such as the one shown below is presented briefly to students. They are asked to “Draw what you saw.” When students have drawn their figure, give them a second look. Finally, uncover the figure and ask students to describe what they saw. Encourage a wide range of interpretations. Some will see it as a two-dimensional figure while others may give it a three-dimensional interpretation. When they draw, they must work from a re-presented image since the figure shown is no longer in view. Finally, they are asked to describe what they saw and explain how they drew their sketch. As students listen to the ways others saw the figure, they are stimulated to reflect on their constructive activity and to consider other interpretations. It is often the case that students will describe new ways of viewing the figure as a direct result of listening to the descriptions of others.
The discussion of what they saw is a crucial component of the activity. Encourage students to talk about their drawings. Show enthusiasm for all interpretations. Be nonjudgmental, accepting all descriptions. Some students will be inspired by what others say. It is not unusual for five or more different ways of seeing the figure to be described. The whole class discussion of Quick Draw figures helps students get comfortable explaining their thinking to the class. There are no wrong answers. This carries over to lesson discussions of other topics. In learning mathematics, it is important that students become competent at articulating their thoughts as well as listening to other students.
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