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Unformatted text preview: Nikki Pinakidis Tiffany Rehak Rachel Sager What
   Culturally relevant teaching is a pedagogy that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes (Rajagopal, 2011)   Culturally relevant teaching should build on cultural/linguistic resources that students already have (many times we think we have to make up for their deficits) and should be free of bias and unprejudiced beliefs Clicker
   What is the percentage of students that are of racial and ethnic minority in American schools today? A.  20% B.  30% C.  40% D.  50%   “The nation’s population of minority students has surged to 42 percent of public school enrollment, up from 22 percent three decades ago” (Dillon, 2007)   Approximately 15% of U.S. students are Latina/ Latino, and 40% of those were born out of the U.S.   We treat these students as blank slates ignoring potential contributions they may be able to contribute to our mathematics classroom.   Due to the increase of minority students, we as teachers need to incorporate relatable aspects of students daily lives into our curriculum. Why
   Gateway into many careers in our economy   Achievement in mathematics allows students to go on to higher education   “Teaching all students mathematics within diverse settings enhances the mathematics they learn, as well as their skills at listening to, valuing, analyzing, evaluating, and incorporating a broad range of views” (Herzig, 2005) Relevant
   Achievement gap   Emphasize advancement with each group   Gap studies tend to address only the first two of four dimensions of equality 1.  2.  3.  4.  Access (resources available to engage with quality mathematics) Achievement (standardized test scores, participation rates, math pipeline) Identity (maintaining cultural/linguistic/ familial connections) Power (agency to affect change in school or society) Relevant
   Students’ lack of motivation   “Once students feel comfortable with how a teacher talks and discusses academic material, they will feel comfortable enough to focus and try to learn the content.” (Rajagopal, 2011)   Think of creative teaching strategies   Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=IcMUB1OuS4k Clicker
 This past weekend, a major event took place in a nearby neighborhood which the has the students distracted and distraught. How would you handle the class? A.  Ignore the situation and teach your lesson as planned B.  Take 10 minutes for the class to have a discussion about the event C.  Call for a school assembly D.  None of the above Teaching
   Teachers should have a positive attitude about multiculturalism   Build relationships with students   Use interactive teaching   Expand expectations on who can do math   Get to know the parents and living situation of the students   Use surveys and questionnaires to learn about students’ interests   Make time to talk to each student   Learn about students individual needs   Project based learning activities   Recognize culturally relevant events Examples
   http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=4H7QMy54Keg   Using “street language” to explain the concept of isolating the variable in Algebra   SCAMP‐ Project – Story about a Cultural Artifact from a Mathematical Perspective Clicker
 What culturally relevant teaching strategies have you observed in your field placements or other school settings? A.  Teachers building relationships with students B.  Interactive teaching methods C.  Project based learning activities D.  Surveys or questionnaires for the students E.  None of the above Future
   “Because culture is continually being socially constructed, and because individual identities are constructed through the intersection of racial, ethnic, class, gender, and other experiences, it cannot be reduced to static characteristics.” (McCarthy, 1995) Works
   Dillon, S. (2007, June 1). U.S. Data Show Rapid Minority Growth in School Rolls. Retrieved from http:// www.nytimes.com/2007/06/01/education/01educ.html   Gutierrez, R. (July 2008). A "Gap‐Gazing" Fetish in Mathematics Education? Problematizing Research on the Achievement Gap. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education 39 357‐ 364.   Herzig, A. (2005, November).Goals for Achieving Diversity in Mathematics Classroom. Retrieved from http://www.nctm.org/resources/nea/MT2005‐11‐253a.pdf Works
   McCarthy, C. (1995). The problems with origins: Race and the contrapuntal nature of the educational experience. In C. E. Sleeter & P. L. McLaren (Eds.), Multicultural education, critical pedagogy, and the politics of difference (pp. 245–268). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.   Rajagopal, K. (2011). Create Success!: Unlocking the Potential of Urban Students. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 22‐37.   Queen, L. (2010, June 18). First Person: Teacher's Rap Adds Up to Learning ‐ YouTube. Retrieved from http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcMUB1OuS4k ...
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