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April 27, 2019

This semester I was able to teach a new course focused on middle grades (4-9) math teaching for future middle grades and secondary (grades 7-12) teachers. I think it has been one of my favorite classes since coming to OU. Before creating this new course, middle grades...

November 30, 2018

Most future teachers and current teachers believe in learning styles (like visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners), but learning styles are bunk. I'm never sure how hard to push on this with teacher candidates because believing in learning styles is mostly ben...

November 30, 2018

This post is about why it’s problematic and educationally damaging to label kids as “high” and “low.” But first, I want to start by saying, “I get it, and I believe you”. You have high and low kids. If you’re a teacher candidate, you are probably in a classroom where k...

August 31, 2018

This morning, over his morning oatmeal, I asked Parker to think about a classic math task. I began with a single hexagon with the dots around it. Below is an abridged version of our conversation.

A lot of times people look at child-centered mathematics (the kind of...

We recently visited Bay Beach Amusement Park while in Wisconsin (it's awesome by the way). Rides there cost between 1-4 tickets and tickets cost 25 cents a piece. Before going we debated how many tickets to buy and ended up deciding to spend $20 to start. Before gettin...

We've all seen math problems like this. Problems where the context or numbers are ridiculous. And what might we say to a kid in this situation? "Don't worry about that, just do the math."

What can that possibly teach children about the role of math in the real world?

In...

February 1, 2018

This post is part 3 of 3 in a series responding to three questions from some students who read my post on privilege and oppression in math ed. This post addresses the third question:

3. Why does reverse racism not exist?

I see a difference between two phenomenon: (1) sys...

February 1, 2018

This post is part 2 of 3 in a series responding to three questions from some students who read my post on privilege and oppression in math ed. This post addresses the second question:

2. As educators, how might they integrate such alternative perspectives if they are of...

February 1, 2018

This post is part 1 of 3 in a series responding to three questions from some students who read my post on privilege and oppression in math ed. This post addresses the first question:

1. Are there examples in math (and science) of content/theories developed by non-whites...

February 1, 2018

This is a follow up on an earlier post about privilege and oppression in mathematics education. I have been wanting to follow up and expand on some of the ideas in that post based on questions and feedback I have received. Recently a colleague told me she assigned the...

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