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Kate Gasaway taught middle school math at the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, MA, for six years before joining Curriculum Associates. Kate’s professional experience includes writing assessments, analysis, and blog posts for Match Fishtank, an education company that creates and disseminates open-license, standard-aligned curriculum. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in effective teaching from the Sposato Graduate School of Education. Kate is passionate about researching how students learn and tries to use her math powers for good.
If educators focus more on students’ mathematical thinking, discourse, and understanding than their answers, they can foster more inclusive and generative math classrooms—ones that leave students with better “math memories.”
Increasing language supports and demands in math classes can help all students deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts, which is why math teachers should “steal” practices that help their English Learners (ELs) thrive.