To the nth degree

For the Making Representations collaborative exhibition, I put together a pair of collaborative activities for participants to engage in. The instructions were as follows:

 

Part 1

 

[1]  Inside out

[2]  Through and through

[3]  From top to bottom

[4]  Up and down

[5]  From beginning to end

[6]  To the end

[7]  In toto

[8]  To the nth degree

[9]  All the way

[10]      In entirety

[11]      To the max

[12]      Without omission

[13]      In full

 

Participants are in pairs: one is the drawer, the other the writer.

The drawer is given a phrase, and a small blackboard, some modelling clay, and a chalk pen, with which to build a representation of their phrase, building a base and performatively writing on it.

The writer is given a blackboard and pen, and as their partner is building a representation, they write verbs to describe what they are seeing.

The activity ends when the writer guesses the phrase, or runs out of board space.

 

 

 

Part 2

[1]    Inside out

[2]  Through and through

[3]  From top to bottom

[4]  Up and down

[5]  From beginning to end

[6]  To the end

[7]  In toto

[8]  To the nth degree

[9]  All the way

[10]  In entirety

[11]    To the max

[12]  Without omission

[13]  In full

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a drawing in sequence on the roll of paper (without using text or labels), to represent the next phrase on the list (the list repeats when we get to 13).

 

Take care, looking at the previous drawings, to make sure that you are drawing in sequence.

 

To the nth Degree—Kate McCallum

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Analysis of a conversation

This dialogue is an analysis of an excerpt from a research meeting, examining how the participants communicate and what is involved in understanding the mathematics. Below is a pdf of the full script including the materials referenced.

Script