Class Dismissed Podcast

Episode 43: Why this educator reads a novel to his pre-algebra class

Credit: Joel Bezaire

For more than a decade, Joel Bezaire has been reading “The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time” to his pre-algebra students.

The main character in the mystery novel is a 15-year-old boy who has a form of autism and is very gifted in mathematics.

Bezaire says that as the book progresses, his students really come to enjoy and connect with the character.

“Because of that, when he [the character] talks about something interesting, the students are invested.”

Bezaire says the best selling book was not originally intended for a math class, but some recent public comments by the author, Mark Haddon, indicate that he’s excited to learn about the books new purpose.

“I’m trying to show them that mathematical analysis and thinking is everywhere, not just when you’re trying to solve a math problem,” says Bezaire.

To learn more about how Bezaire implements “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” into his curriculum, listen to Episode 43 of the Class Dismissed Podcast.

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