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
During this time of uncertainty and anxiety, you might find information is really valuable. In looking for information, you’ve likely come across a lot of numbers. Take a look at these recent headlines: Mathematics provides one way of making sense of what is going on in the world right now, but, as always, it is … More Mathematics & Covid-19
Some fabulous mathematics education scholars have recently signed a contract to publish a book of HS mathematics lessons grounded in contexts of social injustices. They are soliciting sample lessons to be considered for the book. If you’re interested in submitting a lesson, you can find more information here. The deadline is in July 16!
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I have been drafting this post since August 9, 2014. But words have failed me. Late-August. I was driving about 5 mph above the speed limit when I passed by a police car. My heart rate accelerated slightly. I looked back in my rearview mirror for flashing lights. Nothing. I sighed in relief. Then it … More Ferguson by the Numbers
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
I grew up in a rural town in Tennessee, where statistically, my odds favored a path of teenage pregnancy and survival on low-income wages as an industrial worker. I watched my mother struggle with this reality, and with her steadfast support, I chose a different path. Meritocracy worked for me. I excelled in school, and … More Social justice in math? The What and Why