I’m excited to chat with the Global Math Department on January 12th, 2016 about reducing status issues in math classrooms in an effort to improve collaboration. This post will serve as a home for the slide deck we used to guide our time, and a few additional links and resources!
Collaboration is a powerful tool to help students build knowledge together and deepen their understanding of math practice and content standards. But this collaboration is not innate for many students who enter our classrooms. Collaboration must be explicitly and purposefully taught, scaffolded, and reinforced. Not only that, but we must be aware of and strategically combat status issues in our classrooms that stand in the way of equitable student learning. Let’s chat practical ideas about norms, task design, and assessment strategies that will position all of our students to grow as math learners together!
Resources from and for the presentation
- Designing Groupwork by Elizabeth Cohen (a short synopsis can be read here to get you going, but you should read the whole thing – for real!)
- A prior blog post of mine titled “No one of us alone is as smart as all of us together”
- NTN Podcast: Math & Collaboration
Please feel free to comment here or to reach out via twitter @ReadySetBrette if you have additional questions or would like a thought partner about reducing status to improve collaboration.