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Mathematics Students and Legitimate Peripheral Participation
One of the things that mathematics educators often talk about is the idea of teaching the norms of the discipline of mathematics to students, starting at a fairly young age. In Jo Boaler and Cathlee Humphreys’ book Connecting Mathematical Ideas: … Continue reading
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Why we need Receptive Learning to have Active Learning
In a recent issue of Notices of the AMS, Benjamin Braun, Priscilla Bremser, Art M. Duval, Elise Lockwood, and Diana White make a compelling case to include active learning in mathematics. I want to make a less popular move and … Continue reading
Posted in Diversity, Math Education, Math Teaching, Social Justice, Teaching
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What to Do When a Group Gets Stuck Working on a Task
In my previous post, I discussed how to adapt a problem that you have found in order to make the problem groupworthy. One of the important things to consider when adapting realworld problems is to avoid giving stepbystep instructions and formulas … Continue reading
Adapting Problems to Improve their Groupworthiness
In my last blog post, I discussed the importance of using groupworthy tasks with your students. For a task to be groupworthy, it should satisfy three criteria: interdependence (the task is mathematically rich enough that students have to work together), … Continue reading
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Using Groupworthy Tasks to Increase Student Engagement
There has been an ongoing call in mathematics education for students to be engaging in problem solving and collaborative groupwork. Although, many instructors find that when they put students in groups, some students seem disengaged and we may start to … Continue reading
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