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  • Equity in mathematics

    Posted by Victoria Ecker on January 2, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    My district has put a huge emphasis on equity for all students. How do mant sure that students have the same access to the materials, even though they come from different backgrounds and have different home lives? Some students parents will pay for private tutors, but what about the success for the student whose parents can’t do that? How do I change my classroom to make sure all students can learn and be successful?

    Kyle Pearce replied 2 years, 10 months ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Jon

    January 4, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Hey there @victoria-ecker

    Have you watched Hema Khodai’s talk: Who is a Mathematician from our Virtual Summit yet? It’s very good and has practical suggestions. Also, please watch Robert Q. Berry’s and Hilary & Matthew’s talk on Adding Parents to the Equation 

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by  Jon Orr.
    • This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by  Jon Orr.
  • Alex Van Steen

    January 5, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Hi Victoria. I teach 4th grade. I am working at building a safe classroom that sets up everyone’s opportunity to succeed. I have seen a lot of anxious kids lately and I wanted to work to make their classroom on level footing with others who aren’t anxious. The basic components of each math class include a mindful calm down activity, a brain warm-up activity (designed to add joy & to begin building conceptual understanding), and instruction & practice to tackle the concept being learned (often through a task, puzzle, or game). This structure has been massively effective for my class and teaching style. Hope this helps. Happy New Year.

    • Kyle Pearce

      January 5, 2020 at 3:04 pm


      ‚ÄčThis is such an important topic and there are definitely no easy fixes. 

      The sessions @jon has mentioned are definite “must watch” and I so appreciate @alexvan-steen’s suggestions that he has implemented with his students so far. 

      Keep us updated on how this goes!

      • This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by  Kyle Pearce.
  • Tina Peck

    January 5, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Hello Victoria,

    I also struggle with trying to reach all students, especially those who struggle with executive function.  I read research that says collaboration aids in the development of excitutive function. One thing I do to try to make my class equitable to all students is to provide as many opportunities as possible  for students to collaborate with each other,  especially with difficult content. Last year I started implementing a practice developed by Peter Liljedahl, Vertical Learning. The students follow specific guildelines while working on vertical dry erase boards. They enjoy it, all are engaged, and students with executive function weaknesses get the opportunity it to see other students thinking, talk about math with other students and contubute their ideas. It is only one practice and I am still working on refining in my classroom but I like getting students out of their seats, providing opportunity for them to hear each others reasoning and talk about math.

    • Kyle Pearce

      January 7, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      Hi @Tina-Peck,

      Thanks for sharing… these are great strategies as we all try our best to move in the right direction towards more equity and access for students.