In this post, we are going to talk about comparing fractions and to present a few models that might help us to do this work, especially for children who are developing their conceptual understanding of fractions. Before we start, I should make this disclaimer first: I really love fractions. Like... really. love. talking. about. them. … Continue reading Which one is bigger: 2/5 or 2/6?
Yes, you read that last part of the other post correctly. If you listen to country music, then you know that I was one of those teachers Alan Jackson sang about in his song. I was standing in front of a classroom full of 7th graders, one of which was to be my future sister-in-law … Continue reading My second day as a teacher was a Tuesday morning… (Part II)
My second day as a teacher was a Tuesday morning. I remember it really clearly. I just started as a 7th grade math/science teacher in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Just ten days earlier, I had packed all of my belongings up and moved from Houston, Texas with my new boyfriend, Jason (whom I now just call … Continue reading My second day as a teacher was a Tuesday morning… (Part I)
For those who don't know: I am a part of a fantasy football team, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (We'll talk more about how there are now three women in the league but the name hasn't changed so that might be a later post). My dear friend Suzie won two years ago and my husband … Continue reading When an Equity-Minded Mathematics Teacher Educator Took the Wonderlic Test…
Yesterday and today news surfaced that a software engineer at Google wrote a 3,300 word memo outlining why there is really no bias in the workplace that is against women. The author claims that the real truth is that women are just not equipped to handle high-stress jobs (From the source: Women suffer from … Continue reading Complications with the ROTL: Should you get the Right to Speak, Listen and Be Heard… even if those ideas are rooted in stereotypes and biases?
Congrats! You’ve made it to the fourth and final right of the learner! Hooray! Hopefully with the other three RotL (Confused, Mistake, SpeakListenBeHeard), you’ve thought about how being confused, claiming a mistake (and revising your thinking), and knowing that you can speak, listen, and be heard are all RIGHTS that we need to promote in … Continue reading “Commas for decimals?” The Right to write, do, and represent math
Let's just take a second to say: YOU'RE STILL HERE?! OMG! YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN BORED WITH ME YET? Awwwww [hug emoji] You're too kind. Although this blog isn't really about whether like me or not, but it does make me feel honored that you're back to at least read about the RotL. But then again, … Continue reading “Can You Hear Me Now?”: The Right to Speak, Listen, and Be Heard.
Welcome back! Glad that you've decided to stick around for the Second Rights of the Learner: The Right to Claim a Mistake and Revise Your Thinking. This right is one that I've struggled with how to frame over the past year because my thinking has evolved and I'll briefly go into that here just for … Continue reading “Whoopsie Daisy, Let’s Bob Ross This”: The Right to Claim a Mistake and Revise Your Thinking
Hopefully you've already read the first two posts (Post1 Post2) about the Rights of the Learner because now we're unpacking each one. Think back to a moment when you were sitting in a math classroom and you thought to yourself "WHAT THE WHAT IS GOING ON???" The professor/instructor/tutor is saying or writing something on the … Continue reading “But I don’t get it”: The Right to Be Confused
It was in my process of learning to teach elementary math methods that I also learned about the Rights of the Learner. Olga Torres, a well-known and respected bilingual elementary teacher and teacher educator in Arizona, wanted to create a space for her third grade students to feel safe when learning math, but she needed … Continue reading Rights of the Learner: An Introduction