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Creative Expression

Students choose one concept from the class and express is in anyway they choose. There are many different options to choose from, but students present their projects to the class. http://www.creatingbalanceconference.org/resources/wp-content/uploads/formidable/Teaching-Project.docx

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Regression Participatory Action Research

Students gather data on the school and, using excel, uses multiple regressions (linear, exponential, quadratic) while providing explanations of key characteristics each type of graph (slope, growth/decay rate, vertex, etc) in addition to finding intercepts for each and extrapolating 2 … Continue reading

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Critical Education in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Group (CESMT)

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Measures of Center Lyrical Analysis

Students gather data by counting the number of references to themes of a hip-hop album. They use this to do a simple measures of center analysis on the data and connect their findings to a social issue. Students then present … Continue reading

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Getting the Most Out of a Test

Examples of questions that we’ve used in the past and present to help us better assess what our students understand. Website:  https://sergtpeppa.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/creating-balance-in-an-unjust-world-2016/ Resources: PRESENTATION: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HvKw01xSfZRNa3A4onJepbw3D0aa_QHhXP-2eAQVcUQ/edit?usp=sharing DOWNLOAD: http://www.creatingbalanceconference.org/resources/wp-content/uploads/formidable/Story-1-Examples-of-generative-vs.-non-generative.docx DOWNLOAD: http://www.creatingbalanceconference.org/resources/wp-content/uploads/formidable/Story-2-Question-Type-Chart.docx DOWNLOAD: http://www.creatingbalanceconference.org/resources/wp-content/uploads/formidable/Story-3-Group-Test-Review-Day-Individual-Test-Sample-Cycle.docx

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Addressing Dilemmas of Social Justice Mathematics Instruction through Collaboration of Students, Educators and Researchers

Social justice mathematics educators explicitly aim to develop students’ sociopolitical consciousness in addition to teaching mathematics content (Gutiérrez 2013; Gutstein 2006). Sociopolitical consciousness refers to Paulo Freire’s (1970) concept of conscientização, or learning to perceive social, political, and economic contradictions … Continue reading

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Why Mathematics Teachers Need Political Knowledge

This is a short article that covers some of the material presented in the keynote address of the 2013 conference. It highlights some of the ways that mathematics is political and teaching is political. Download PDF

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Talking Back to the Statistics: How does gun violence affect children and teens?

I got most of my statistics and graphs on gun violence from the Children’s Defense Fund report, “Protect Children, Not Guns” from 2010. http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/protect-children-not-guns.html The Children’s Defense Fund website also has plenty of other data on social justice issues affecting … Continue reading

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Can mathematics help us understand sweatshop labor better?

A quantitative literacy project for preservice K-8 teachers that involves reading different reports about sweatshop labor and using mathematics (mostly ratios and percents) to analyze the injustices in the industry. Can math help us understand sweatshop labor better s12.doc

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Slides from ‘Classroom Experiments’ presentation

These are the slides used in the ‘Classroom Experiments’ workshop, in which we reported on a set of action research projects that we conducted to try to teach mathematics more equitably. Download

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