Culturally Responsive Math for Primary/Junior Educators
Series Overview
Culturally Responsive Math for Primary/Junior Educators
This nine-part series brought together educators from across Canada from January to June. It is now available on-demand, and we hope that sharing this work inspires your own reflection and action about how you might work 'through relationship' in your own school in the coming years.

This series hosted by Dr. Ruth Beatty, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at Lakehead University and Danielle Blair will bring together Indigenous and non Indigenous educators who will work with participants to explore the mathematics inherent in First Nation and Métis cultural practices. Participants will learn through the lens of a shared journey done ‘in relation’ and discover the power of placing Indigenous culture at the heart of mathematics teaching and learning. They will learn more about resources and information needed to apply this learning in their classroom.

This project is the result of eight years of collaborative research in partnership with the series presenters: Christina Ruddy, Jody Alexander, Colinda Clyne, Anika Guthrie, Leslie-Anne Muma, Jennifer Parkinson, Michael Fitzmaurice, Heather Lett, Bonnie Sears, Kristopher Sandberg


In this series participants will develop an understanding of:

  • What it means to ‘do math’ and ‘think mathematically’

  • Project protocols and framework for engagement and collaborative work with First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit partners

  • The importance of doing the work “in a good way”

  • Authentic culturally responsive teaching and learning

  • Robust mathematical thinking including multiplicative, algebraic, proportional and spatial reasoning

  • Connections to school mathematics expressed through provincial curricula

This Course Has 7 Sections
  • Culturally Responsive Math for P/J Educators: Session 1
    To start the series, we will introduce the First Nations & Métis Math Voices multi-year, multi-site project. Focus will be on the importance of relationships and the necessity for a framework for engagement and collaborative work that upholds the UN Declaration on the Rights for Indigenous Peoples and The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Calls to Action. Through video, hands-on tasks and discussions with The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and Eganville and District Public School research team, we will explore the design, creation and cultural significance of Algonquin hairbone pipe bracelets along with early mathematical concepts including number sense, unitizing, patterns, symmetry, proportional and algebraic reasoning inherent in the work.

    ADDITIONAL INFO
    • When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    • Price: $25.00
    • Language: English
    • Who can attend? Anyone with the event link can attend

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  • Culturally Responsive Math for P/J Educators: Session 2
    Session two will focus on the importance of reciprocity in relationships and Language in math instruction - Anishinaabemowin in the case of the session two facilitators. The co-plan and co-teach aspects of the framework for engagement will be discussed in detail and project partners from The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nations will share their views and key learnings within the work. Through tasks, videos and discussion we will focus on using looming as a way of exploring number sense and computational fluency, number systems (e.g., even/odd), patterning, spatial representation of quantity, transformations, multiplicative thinking and proportional reasoning.

    ADDITIONAL INFO
    • When: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    • Price: $25.00
    • Language: English
    • Who can attend? Anyone with the event link can attend
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  • Culturally Responsive Math for P/J Educators: Session 3
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  • Culturally Responsive Math for P/J Educators: Session 4
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  • Culturally Responsive Math for P/J Educators: Session 5
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    Culturally Responsive Math for P/J Educators: Session 7
    For this session our colleagues from the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and the Eganville and District Public School (EDPS) will be joined by Peter Skillen and Brenda Sherry, who have extensive experience exploring the connections between mathematical thinking and computer coding. In this session we will unpack the rich mathematics of repeating patterns, from simple patterns to the complex patterns used in looming designs. We will investigate how to write procedures using the Lynx coding platform to create looming patterns, and learn how these support students’ understanding of patterns and computational thinking.
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  • NEW!
    Culturally Responsive Math for P/J Educators: Session 9
    During this session we will discuss the project as a whole, and respond to questions from previous sessions. We will consider how to continue this work beyond one-off instructional experiences. We will discuss how we can support community beyond the face-to-face work in classrooms, and how can we build meaningful relationships online. We will also think about broader implications for this work, for example, connections to character education and classroom and school culture.
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