What does it mean to be good at mathematics? – Lidia Gonzalez
We consider commonly held beliefs around what it means to be good at mathematics, how mathematics is defined, and who can/does excel in the discipline. In doing so we push back against traditional views. By expanding our definition of what mathematics is and challenging stereotypes around who can/does excel at it, we can create supportive classroom environments where students, especially those typically marginalized in mathematics, can develop a strong mathematics identity simultaneously increasing access and promoting equity in mathematics. Teachers will learn about ways to support students’ mathematics identity development including activities, reflections, and problems they can use in their own classes. We will also consider the role of productive struggle, the use of open problems, and the role that teacher/parent feedback…
About Lidia Gonzalez
Professor In The Department of Mathematics And Computer Science, York College of the City University of New York
Professor, Researcher & Author
Lidia Gonzalez is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at York College of the City University of New York. A former NYC public high school teacher, her research focuses on the teaching of mathematics for social justice, the development of mathematics identity, and teacher professional development around these. She is the author of “Bad at Math: Challenging harmful beliefs that hinder equitable mathematics education” published earlier this year by Corwin Press.
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