Let math spark connection, identity, curiosity, joy
All children are mathematicians and can feel confident in problem solving.
Gaining early math skills is a predictor of later success and has a long-lasting impact on a student’s educational outcomes. Math helps us to understand our world and offers a way for children to question and tackle challenging problems related to their lived experiences.
Yet, the way math education is structured in schools inadvertently relies on assumptions of innate capabilities and quick, memorized answers from students. Classrooms using these success indicators leads to inequity in instruction and students furthest away from educational justice having drastically different experiences. These foundational learning spaces set the stage for the development of positive or negative student math identities.
What are we doing about it?
The Learning for Equity Network is bringing together central Seattle families with Seattle Public Schools educators to support learning environments that foster a child’s math passion.
Through intentional co-learning experiences, family leaders and educators will brainstorm, design and implement strategies and practices that build positive math learning environments both inside and outside of the classroom. The goal is to blend community, culture and math concepts seamlessly together supporting the development of a positive math identity for students.
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Written By: Kerry Soo Von Esch, Ph.D. Dr. Kerry Soo Von Esch is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Seattle University. Both her teaching and research focus on (1) preparing culturally, linguistically,