If you’re lucky, most of your students like math and see it as fun, but if they don’t teaching math is part inspiration. To help, I’ve shared 17 reasons to love math (Have you and your class come up with others?) And to keep math fun, try these easy math games. Today, I’ve got inspiring math quotes for your classroom.
You can use these quotes to inspire yourself or your students. Post them around your room to create a math-positive environment. Write one on your board each day to launch a discussion about math. Have fun—with the quotes and with math!
1. “Many who have had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination.” —Sofia Kovalevskaya
2. “The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” —Paul Halmos
3. “Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.” —David Hilbert
4. “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” —Albert Einstein
5. “When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” —Buckminster Fuller
6. “Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert negatives into positives.” —Anonymous
7. “The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” —S. Gudder
8. “Obvious is the most dangerous word in mathematics.” —Eric Temple Bell
9. “But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched with the same madness and genius.” —Harold Marston Morse
10. “You don’t have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers.” – John Forbes Nash, Jr.
11. “Pure mathematics is the world’s best game. It is more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It’s free. It can be played anywhere – Archimedes did it in a bathtub.” —Richard J. Trudeau
12. “It is clear that the chief end of mathematical study must be to make the students think.” —John Wesley Young
13. “Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.” —William Paul Thurston
14. “One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories.” —Philip J Davis
15. “One of the most amazing things about mathematics is the people who do math aren’t usually interested in application, because mathematics itself is truly a beautiful art form. It’s structures and patterns, and that’s what we love.” —Danica McKellar
16. “Success in math does not depend on how many answers you know, but by what you do when you don’t know the answer.” —Unknown
17. “There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.” —Edsger Dijkstra
Of course, there’s more to teaching math than inspiration. If you’re looking for math tools to help engage your students, check out these:
- 21 of the best maths strategies
- Math tips to help improve student motivation
- A fun way to review math facts
- Mental maths games
- Free printable math games
And for some of my favorite math games and activities, check out the Bumper Book of Fun Math Games and Activities. Make this your ‘go to’ book of math games and activities. Learn more about the Bumper Book of Fun Math Games and Activities here.
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