In the process of reflecting/blogging on Days 2 and 3 of NCTM, but here are 10 takeaways from NCTM (in no particular order and horribly paraphrased):
- Mathematics is plural. Even if that takes away from the 140 character limit.
- The term “English Language Learners privileges” the dominant language (and let’s be real, English is pretty messed up). Give props to emergent bilinguals, trilinguals, quadrilinguals…
- How do I convince my kiddos that they belong in a math class? However you feel about Jo Boaler and Railside, that school’s alumni can reflect and expound on their mathematics experiences. That feeling of belonging and mathematics learning is real.
- How can I protect and nurture my kiddos’ brains? Especially in a city that is as divided and inequitable as San Francisco and with students arriving from the violence and malnutrition of countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
Talk less. If a kiddo can say it or show it, I shouldn’t be saying it or showing it.
If a kiddo can ask about it or argue about it, it is real enough.
Ethnomathematics: How do I take the countries my kiddos come from (El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Yemen, Russia, Palestine) and look for examples of math there?
I lurk too much on Twitter. Just follow the people already.
Reminder: I need to tell the story right. I need to look back at the standards.
Reminder: There are more ways for families to support their kiddos than just homework support and back to school night.