Calling Out: Toward Fairness and Inspiration in Public Education
During the academic year 2014-2015, I taught seventh grade mathematics to a diverse group of students using the Connected Mathematics Program curriculum. My students and I constantly negotiated the learning process, as is always true in a public school classroom. In this talk, I will describe my own struggle with the craft of teaching and its inherent dilemmas, as well as try to give voice to the struggles of my students. I studied my school’s database and school improvement plan. I also interviewed 17 students and observed their classroom and testing performance. These are the questions I will address: Which norms and systems actually support or discourage students? Are there ways we keep mathematical as well as social secrets from our students as we strive to help them increase their “skills”? What kinds of language and “data” describe who is “in” and who is “out”?
Mathematics Teacher, Holt Junior High School
About the Speaker:
Sandy is a mathematics teacher at Holt Junior High School and a mentor teacher in MSU's secondary mathematics teacher preparation program. Along with Dan Chazan and Mike Lehman, she was co-editor of Embracing Reason: Egalitarian Ideals and the Teaching of High School Mathematics, which documents the changes that took place within the mathematics department at Holt High School as a part of a PDS partnership between MSU and Holt Public Schools and what happened after the funding for the PDS ended. She holds Master's degrees from both MSU and Western Michigan University. She has taught both mathematics and Spanish at Holt High School, Holt Junior High, was principal at Washington Woods Middle School in Holt, and served as a curriculum coordinator for Holt Public Schools.