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Why we’re better together (crosspost)
*This post was originally published on the Teacher Voices blog at mathforamerica.org. It was coauthored by myself and the awesome Courtney Ginsberg. Teaching is the most complex job in the world. We shape the future. We motivate students, deal with everchanging … Continue reading
Posted in collaboration, philosophy
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On my journey and the mathematicians beyond white dudes initiative
At the end of last school year, I did a lot of soulsearching. In the midst of finalizing where I was going to teach beginning this year, I found myself reevaluating many of the core values that I held as a teacher. … Continue reading
Posted in book, mathematics, philosophy, reflection
Tagged equity, mathematicians beyond white dudes, race, representation
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Random groupings
I recently had an epiphany. It came from Ilana Seidal Horn. I was reading her book, Strength in Numbers, and she was addressing status in the classroom. Her definition is status is the perception of students’ academic ability and social … Continue reading
Posted in philosophy, reflection, strategy
Tagged collaboration, group, groupings, popsicle sticks, random groups
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A teacher’s dilemma: taking risks beyond the elimination answer choice C
We ask teachers to embrace change, and the pressure on teachers is not to take risks but to march whatever children they can, lockstep, toward higher standardized test scores. – Robert P Moses, Radical Equations (p. 126) Thanks to a recent … Continue reading
Be careful what you ask for
It’s the beginning of the year and Jimmy is a student in your algebra 2 class. Your colleague down the hall, Mr. Math, taught Jimmy geometry last year. At some point during the beginning of the year, you and Mr. Math … Continue reading
Posted in assessment, philosophy
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