Mathematics for Social Justice
Social justice awareness can be utilized in lessons in the classroom. This online course will introduce you to specific strategies for engaging students in mathematics lessons and activities built around social justice issues, such as healthy eating, living wages around the world, access to clean water or fair trade. You will explore the rationale for integrating critical issues into mathematics curriculum, examine the guidelines for incorporating social justice lessons, and evaluate current research-based strategies for promoting critical thinking, problem solving and reasoning within Common Core mathematics instruction. This course may be completed with or without students.
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As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.