Building a math community where it is safe to take risks and share ideas is key to equitable mathematics instruction. Math class is often a place where it is believed that some belong more than others, so we as educators must nurture the development of positive math identities and create a sense of belonging for all.
Many students are in classrooms with limited opportunities for discourse, sense-making, and mathematical discovery. Together we will explore practical ways to increase engagement without creating chaos.
Participants will witness the effectiveness of leveraging these routines, focusing on reasoning, facilitating discourse, sharing varied representations, and making relevant connections. With mathematics being the most anxiety-producing subject, it is time to extend the invitation to all students and teachers so they gain access to math joy.
Students learn best when they are empowered to take ownership of their learning. In order for this to happen, they must have a positive math identity built on positive experiences in math class.