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Academic Safety and Math

Posted by Jill Backman on Apr 9, 2020 1:32:31 PM

"I know I’m in an academically safe classroom when I see each student speak mathematically without the teacher prompting. The most academically safe classrooms are ones in which students are quick to ask questions of other students and are as quick to listen." Geoff Krall, Necessary Conditions

In Chapter 3 of Necessary Conditions, author Geoff Krall goes beyond platitudes, digging deep into the root causes of students' accumulated feelings about mathematics and themselves: mindset, race, gender, identity, social pressures, tracking, academic status, and past math experiences.

Drawing on real examples from his case-study schools, Krall gives teachers and departments specific, practical steps for change, so we can create academically safe classroom cultures in which our adolescent students can thrive.

Read Chapter 3, Necessary Conditions

Necessary Conditions


Topics: Math