Engage Human Experience

Use the human experience to create, adapt and apply mathematical models

Students leverage responsive mathematics modeling as a powerful way to examine, illuminate and potentially impact the human experience.

 

From an early age, students can be challenged to make sense of what it means to “give” and “take away” as addition and subtraction in friendships, relationships, community and resources. This might be extended in the way in which fractions are built on the concept of fair sharing in later grades as students use modelling to capture how wealth, land, and opportunities are distributed in communities, or how police operations might impact one group proportional to another.

 

In upper grades students actively use the modelling process to examine gentrification, police violence, land drought, or create functions that address common human conditions like voter registration rates, pandemic recovery, etc. 

Resources

The Rochester Racial Justice Toolkit

The Rochester Racial Justice Toolkit is an online resource to help strengthen, sustain, inform, and empower deeper racial justice and anti-racism action, specifically helping folks who want to better understand (complex) intersectional identities, deeper racial justice dialogue and anti-racism action.

Using Identity and Agency to Frame Access and Equity

This presentation highlights aspects of mathematical identity and agency and how teachers can be more “identity-affirming; building on the work
of Aguirre, Ingram, and Martin.