In a recent conversation with my sister, we both expressed frustration that my niblets’ (i.e., children of my sibling) 3rd grade teacher had yet to recognize February as Black history month. This is unacceptable. Students should learn about Black history throughout the year. It is an integral part of understanding history and current social issues. … More Black history month & mathematics
Fall 2020 has been an unusual semester. My future teachers and I have spent the last few months exploring possibilities for mathematics teaching (online!) during a global pandemic, a national movement for racial justice, and a divisive presidential election. At times it has been difficult to focus on mathematics teaching and learning, but in other … More Key ideas about math & science teaching
Do you teach Black girls? If so, check out this webinar with Dr. Nicole Joseph from Vanderbilt. Dr. Nicole Joseph introduces a new developing idea related to Black women and girls and mathematics achievement. Specifically, she unpacks a new intersectional intervention that she has coined Black Feminist Mathematics Pedagogy or BlackFMP. BlackFMP is a Black … More Exploring Black Feminist Math Pedagogy as Intersectional Intervention
I recently received Smarter Together! Collaboration and Equity in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom as a gift. Although written for elementary teachers, the book offers some great insights and resources applicable to teachers at all grade levels. The authors (in Chapter 7 & Appendix B) provide guidance for adapting existing mathematical tasks to be more “groupworthy” — requires … More Adapting Rich Mathematical Tasks: Guiding questions & resources
Since Monday’s Supreme Court ruling, I have bounced around among the various stages of grief. First came denial. Denial that our country’s highest court would uphold that protecting the religious rights of corporations (people) justifies sacrificing individual female employees’ (also, people?) right to affordable healthcare and right to choose options based on their own beliefs. The … More LESSON IDEA: Do girls have a voice at the mathematics “table” in your classroom?
A few weeks ago, I joined a group of wonderful prospective high school mathematics teachers to talk about adapting existing curriculum to be more relevant to students and the world they live in. During this discussion, I shared the work that Sheila Orr and I did last summer to develop a mathematics unit to guide students’ … More Kids Say the Darnest Things…Why that’s a good thing for your math classroom