Title

Solving for X: 5 C’s to Capturing the Mathematical Core for At-Risk Students

Location

Ballroom D

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

The proposed session illuminates specific pedagogy shown to effectively engage students in math at-risk schools. Participants will leave with a process for integrating high-poverty students’ lived, meaningful experiences with math (e.g. common core) standards. For instance, attendees will examine activities which use dance and fast-food purchases to teach understanding of linear algebra. Participants will ways to engage students by integrating meaningful experiences and mores of students with content standards which lead to enhanced understanding of content and ultimately improved achievement. Attendees will walk away with takeaways consisting of engaging strategies, activities, and illustrative lessons geared specifically toward engaging students in at-risk schools.

Brief Program Description

Looking for content rich ideas for re-engaging students who seem to have checked-out of the math learning process? You will walk away with a proven 5-C Process which will help you:

  • Integrate students’ meaningful experiences and morés with math content standards
  • Position students in situations of success
  • Deepen students’ engagement with math
  • Increase the likelihood of improved achievement.

Summary

Disproportionate numbers of students of color perceive math as a dry subject full of hard-to-understand ideas and abstract concepts. Coupled with poor or uninteresting early school experiences in math, these factors make it an uphill climb to develop a desire in students to engage in math. Participants will interactively explore a 5 C process for engaging students with math including S.M.A.R.T. 5 – a process for helping students successfully complete problem solving tasks. You will be able to better position students for success, deepen students’ understanding of content, and more effectively providing meaningful yet engaging math experiences. Attendees will walk away with sample activities which embody the principles along with immediately implementable tools, techniques, and strategies.

Evidence

The pedagogy described in this presentation emanates from a 5 C Process which is undergirded by the empirical research of the following:

  • Berry III, R. Q. (2008). Access to upper-level mathematics: The stories of successful African American middle school boys. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 464-488.
  • Gutiérrez, R. (2008). A” gap-gazing” fetish in mathematics education? Problematizing research on the achievement gap. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 357-364.
  • Jackson , K. & Wilson, J. (2012). Supporting African American Students’ Learning of Mathematics: A Problem of Practice. Urban Education, 47,(2) 354 – 398.
  • Lubienski, S. T. (2001). A Second Look at Mathematics Achievement Gaps: Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in NAEP Data.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Jelani Jabari, Ph.D., is president of Pedagogical Solutions, LLC, and author of Expecting Excellence in Urban Schools: 7 Steps to an Engaging Practice. He enjoyed serving more than eleven years as a school teacher and three years as a school administrator in the Detroit Public Schools, university instructor and has consulted with the State of Michigan Department of Education. Jelani wholeheartedly believes the capacities for all children to excel are unearthed when educators expect exemplary performance, position them in situations of success, and inspire them to maximize their potential.

Keyword Descriptors

Core Math, Student Engagement, Jelani Jabari, Urban Schools, Mathematical Excellence

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

3-7-2016 1:15 PM

End Date

3-7-2016 2:30 PM

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Mar 7th, 1:15 PM Mar 7th, 2:30 PM

Solving for X: 5 C’s to Capturing the Mathematical Core for At-Risk Students

Ballroom D

Looking for content rich ideas for re-engaging students who seem to have checked-out of the math learning process? You will walk away with a proven 5-C Process which will help you:

  • Integrate students’ meaningful experiences and morés with math content standards
  • Position students in situations of success
  • Deepen students’ engagement with math
  • Increase the likelihood of improved achievement.