The Impact of Identity in K-8 Mathematics: Rethinking Equity-Based Practices

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Grade levels: Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher ed

Content areas: Math

Topics: Education Equity

Type of resource: Other

This book invites K–8 teachers to reflect on their own and their students’ multiple identities. Rich possibilities for learning result when teachers draw on these identities to offer high-quality, equity-based teaching to all students. Reflecting on identity and re-envisioning learning and teaching through this lens especially benefits students who have been marginalized by race, class, ethnicity, or gender. The authors encourage teachers to reframe instruction by using five equity-based mathematics teaching practices:

Going deep with mathematics
Leveraging multiple mathematical competencies
Affirming mathematics learners’ identities
Challenging spaces of marginality
Drawing on multiple resources of knowledge