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 …

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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 …

“Commas for decimals?” The Right to write, do, and represent math

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 …

“Whoopsie Daisy, Let’s Bob Ross This”: The Right to Claim a Mistake and Revise Your Thinking

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 …