Math is Beautiful

Author: Ed Enns
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Each month, elementary school teachers have access to a problem along with suggested instructional notes. Teachers are asked to use the problem in their own classroom and report solutions, strategies, reflections, and misconceptions to the journal audience. This month's task focuses on how stained-glass artists repeat geometric shapes in interesting ways to create their beautiful designs.

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Ed Enns,, is an elementary school learning services consultant with the Waterloo Region District School Board in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Each month, this section of the Problem Solvers department features a new challenge for students. Readers are encouraged to submit problems to be considered for future columns. Receipt of problems will not be acknowledged; however, those selected for publication will be credited to the author. Find detailed submission guidelines for all departments at

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