Archive for the ‘Mathematics’ Category

  • Mathematics with a Social Justice Agenda?

    on Apr 23, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Social Studies • with Comments


    I attended several sessions on Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice at this year’s NCTM Annual Conference. I noticed similar faces in all of the sessions I selected. This meant that hundreds of other faces had completely excluded this topic as one of value to their pedagogical growth. I started wondering how this important work would trickle down if its pool of proponents was stagnant. So, I began asking some questions. As I met random people and we struck up conversations I covertly posed one of three questions: 1) Have you attended any Social Justice Sessions

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  • Math Principles to Actions: An Invitation and a Demand

    on Apr 11, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Opinion • with Comments


    I heard a refreshing voice today. One that silenced the annoying diatribe I have encountered in the past regarding the mathematics dilemma. (Caution: a moment of personal trajectory coming in 3…2…) As an African-American woman, I am twice marginalized by the discipline of mathematics, and yet access to it has catapulted me to levels of privilege that would not have been afforded to me otherwise. So in a way mathematics changed my life experience. For this reason alone I am always driven by the idea of providing students access to rich mathematical experiences; opportunities for

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  • Mathematics Education – Pedagogy vs Content

    on Mar 28, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics • with Comments


    The issue of which is more important: mathematical content knowledge or knowledge of educational pedagogy has been swirling around for some time. At the time that No Child Left Behind was instituted we heard political leaders voice the belief that anyone can teach. This mindset led to the belief that mathematical knowledge was far more important than pedagogy. For me the question is always – What is best for the students? Let me disclose that I became a certified 7-12 mathematics teacher about 12 years into my teaching career. I held certifications in elementary education

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  • Author’s Craft Revealed Through Mathematical Patterns: Standard #7!

    on Jan 27, 14 • in Common Core, Literacy, Mathematics • with Comments

    The Harry Potter Series of Books

    The year 2013 provided one of the best examples of real life detective work investigating a detective story as well as an application of the Common Core Mathematical Practice Standard #7: CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 Look for and make use of structure. The investigation was initiated because of structures and patterns, specifically the writing patterns of the author J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. This mathematical practice standard MP#7 calls for students to “look closely to discern a pattern or structure,” and noticing a pattern was exactly what a computer program did in unmasking Rowling as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling. The

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  • English/LA Can Persevere with Math Practice Standard #1

    on Jan 16, 14 • in Common Core, Literacy, Mathematics • with Comments


    I admit that I am the first to have heart palpitations the moment I hear a problem begin, “A train leaves a station 500 miles east of the city traveling at 60 m.p.h…..”. Yet given time, I am confident I can calculate the answer to a word problem, in part because my early teaching career included two years in a grade 8 pre-algebra class. At that time, I feared my expertise in English/Language Arts was not helpful for covering the math curriculum, so I taught as close to the textbook as anyone can imagine.

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