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Teaching Social Justice Through Mathematics. Presented by the Equity Committee February 6, 2010. Math has the power to help us understand and potentially change the world. Eric (Rico) Gutstein and Bob Peterson. What is Social Justice?.

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    1. Teaching Social Justice Through Mathematics Presented by the Equity Committee February 6, 2010

    2. Math has the power to help us understand and potentially change the world. Eric (Rico) Gutstein and Bob Peterson

    3. What is Social Justice? • Think – What is my definition of Social Justice? • Pair – Share your definition with your elbow partner. • Share – At your table determine a common definition.

    4. Students can learn to understand the power of mathin debates about the future of our world. Bob Peterson, Rethinking Mathematics, 2006

    5. Where can we find Social Justice? • Record social justice activities that you have seen in each of: • your community • your school • your classroom

    6. Mathematics comes alive when students participate in activities that illustrate how mathematical decisions arose from the basic needs of societies. Claudia Zaslavsky

    7. P/J and J/I Grafitti Activity: How can we include social justice when we are teaching math? • For each math strand, identify how you might incorporate social justice issues into your lesson(s) – be as specific as you can

    8. The opportunity to investigate real issues pushed students to construct and apply important mathematical concepts. Erin E. Turner Beatriz T. Font Strawhun

    9. Here is an example…. • Sean Penn – Human Rescue Plan • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnwxvDnjyDc&feature=PlayList&p=F4A710252D8F89CD&index=8 • What connections can you make between math and social justice based on this clip?

    10. Resources • http://www.rethinkingschools.org/web_resource/index.shtml • http://www.radicalmath.org/main.php?id=SocialJusticeMath • http://www.rprogress.org/education/lesson_plans.htm • http://www.kidsfootprint.org/lessonplans.htm • http://www.sacsc.ca/Elementary_Unit_and_Lesson_Plans.htm#K • www.oswego.edu/~prusso1/430_530_SciMathTchgSJ.doc • http://library.queensu.ca/webedu/howtofind/stats.pdf • http://www.freethechildren.com/index.php

    11. Thank you for your input. The Equity Committee will be collating your ideas to be shared at a later date.