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Culturally Responsive Mathematics Teaching
Knowing and Valuing Every Learner
Author: Mark Ellis, Ph.D.
Culturally responsive mathematics teaching is about inviting all students into mathematics as participants because their ways of thinking and reasoning are worth sharing. It’s about ensuring each and every learner not only has success with mathematics, but also comes to see mathematics as a tool to examine the world.
This whitepaper reflects on four elements of culturally responsive mathematics teaching:
Developing students’ proficiency with important mathematical concepts, relationships, and skills
Engaging students’ identities by honoring their prior experience, community, and individuality
Sharing mathematical authority with students
Connecting mathematics to the investigation of authentic contexts and issues
Mark Ellis, Ph.D., NBCT
Mark is a professor of Education at California State University, Fullerton and a highly regarded scholar and teacher of K–12 mathematics education. With more than 40 publications to his credit, Mark has served on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors and Executive Committee.