Teacher candidates learning about children’s experiences with fractions: An example of an in-the-moment RotL

At the end of every semester, I always get excited to read the reports from my teacher candidates about their whole group math lessons. For weeks, my teacher candidates work to select a content standard, pull resources to get inspiration for a groupworthy task, plan connections to children's experiences, and rehearse those plans.  And our …

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Grasping for Gratitude as an Academic Part 1: Having Situational Awareness

I've considered many times renaming my blog as "Grasping for Gratitude as an Academic."  Maybe it's because I like alliteration or just that sometimes I think I need to remind myself of the fact that I should be grateful more in my life. Either way, it been a nagging feeling I've had for a number …

Edgar’s Thinking About Even and Odd Numbers While Subitizing Dots

Howdy howdy! After a brief hiatus, I wanted to start back up a discussion about the amazingness of children’s thinking.  Tonight’s post is about subitizing, even and odd numbers, and division. I know that’s a lot in just one post, so I promise to connect them across! In a post on 27 February, I tweeted …

Using Jilk’s (2016) “It was smart when…” statement to name and notice students’ mathematical strengths

For a while now, you've read about the Rights of the Learner (RotL) (1 2 3 4) and how it can help push students' ideas/voices/thinking to the forefront.  Students who exercise their rights to learn see that ALL of their ideas are valuable and can make a contribution to the classroom.  But other than encouraging …

When an Equity-Minded Mathematics Teacher Educator Took the Wonderlic Test…

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 …

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?

  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 …