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ERIC Number: EJ789429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Student Representations at the Center: Promoting Classroom Equity
Imm, Kara Louise; Stylianou, Despina A.; Chae, Nabin
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v13 n8 p458-463 Apr 2008
This article focuses on the use of students' mathematical representations to build classroom community, promote participation in classrooms, and further equity. An example of a teacher who consciously chose to allow her students to bring their own representations to class is presented. The choice not only allowed the students better access to the mathematical ideas of the lesson but also equipped the teacher to build a classroom environment in which each student is expected to engage seriously in cognitively demanding mathematics. At the same time, students are being respected for what they know and bring to the classroom community of learners and are supported in their efforts--the cornerstone ideas behind equity in mathematics learning and teaching. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A