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Building Human Themes into your Teaching of Math

February 11, 2020 at 09:00:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

Doing mathematical work sometimes feels like drudgery, and that's often because we've taken 'real math' out of math homework. Mathematics isn't memorization or calculation (though those can be helpful to do doing math)... rather, math is exploration, and that's a deep human desire we all have. Students will be more motivated to learn mathematics if you appeal to their basic human desires, such as: for exploration, for play, for beauty, for truth, for struggle, for community. We’ll explore practical ways to build human themes into the teaching of mathematics. Bring one example of a lesson or a homework that you'd like to modify.

Recommended Grade Level: 6-12

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter GMD Host Coordinator - Leigh Nataro
Host Coordinator
I am a mother, wife and math teacher. I currently teach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and my favorite class to teach is statistics! This is my 27th year of teaching and I am a Desmos fellow and Desmos certified presenter. @mathteacher24 is my twitter handle and I blog at mathteacher24.blogspot.com. I have several tech related videos for stat and TI-NSpire at www.youtube.com/mathteacher24. Feel free to ask me questions about National Board Certification (renewed in 2015). I also enjoy singing, reading and staying fit using workouts from Beachbody (P90X3/TurboFire/21DFX).
Webinar hosting presenter Amanda Riske
Doctoral Student
Amanda Riske grew up in the theatre and developed a love for the arts, travel, and mathematics. As an educator, she strives to create contexts for learning that are relevant to current events, social justice topics, develop cultural competencies, and empathy in the math classroom. Amanda taught middle school and high school math in Norway, Germany, China, and Washington, DC, USA. She also was part of a curriculum development team that researched and developed project-based and place-based modules for a traveling boarding international school. Her international teaching experience shaped her view of math as an interdisciplinary subject with opportunities to teach students perspective-taking. Amanda is a doctoral student at Arizona State University in the Learning, Literacies, and Technology and uses design-based research to explore statistical literacy.
Webinar hosting presenter Francis Su
Professor of Mathematics
Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and former president of the Mathematical Association of America. He has a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America, he received the 2018 Halmos-Ford award for writing, and the 2013 Haimo Award for distinguished teaching. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and is creator of “MathFeed,” the math news app. His book Mathematics for Human Flourishing, published by Yale University Press, is an inclusive vision of what math is, who it’s for, and why anyone should learn it.
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Global Math Department webinar platform hosts Building Human Themes into your Teaching of Math
The Global Math Department began as a group of teachers who knew each other through Twitter, math education blogs and Twitter Math Camp. Since 2012 The Global Math Department community has grown into a multi-faceted group of math educators who love to share their ideas related to teaching and learning mathematics. We recognize that as educators we are charged with promoting equity and access within mathematics instruction. In addition, we believe it is crucial that teachers be provided with quality resources and ideas that they can use immediately with their students. Lively and friendly conversations in our weekly webinars encourage all participants to share and continue to grow as educators.