Breaking Down Barriers: How to Make Math Accessible for All Students

Dr. Lydia Gonzalez, author of "Bad at Math: Dismantling Harmful Beliefs That Hinder Equitable Mathematics Education," talks about the societal norms that make it acceptable to be "bad at math" and how these beliefs can be detrimental to learning. Dr. Gonzalez emphasizes the importance of broadening our understanding of math and its relevance in everyday life. We also discuss the critical role of relationships and a growth mindset in effective teaching, particularly in math subjects that many find intimidating. Let's explore how to dismantle harmful beliefs in math education and create a more equitable learning environment.

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  • 00:00:00 - 00:00:33: Introduction

    • John D. introduces the host, Vicki Davis, and today's sponsor, Microsoft Education. Vicki introduces Dr. Lidia Gonzalez, the author of "Bad at Math: Dismantling Harmful Beliefs That Hinder Equitable Mathematics Education."
  • 00:00:33 - 00:01:32: The Problem with Saying "I'm Bad at Math"

    • Dr. Lidia Gonzalez discusses the societal acceptance of being "bad at math" and how it hinders students from excelling in the subject.
  • 00:01:32 - 00:02:42: Broadening the Definition of Math

    • Dr. Lidia Gonzalez talks about how math is more than just numbers and equations; it's a study of patterns that applies to everyday life.
  • 00:02:42 - 00:03:46: The Importance of Relationships in Education

    • Dr. Lidia Gonzalez emphasizes the importance of building relationships with students to foster a conducive learning environment.
  • 00:03:46 - 00:05:45: Real-world Examples and Mindset

    • Dr. Lidia Gonzalez and Vicki Davis discuss the importance of a growth mindset and using real-world examples to make math relatable.
  • 00:05:45 - 00:09:44: Math is Not Neutral

    • Dr. Lidia Gonzalez talks about the importance of inclusive and equitable math education, touching on issues of access and representation.
  • 00:09:44 - 00:10:12: Closing Remarks

    • Vicki Davis thanks Dr. Lidia Gonzalez for her insights and mentions the Microsoft Education AI course for educators.

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