Authentic Math Ed in a Hybrid World

Authentic Math Ed in a Hybrid World

Math can be a tricky subject, as its interpretations vary from student to parent to teacher. The history of math education has always valued memorizers and fast-thinkers and has often been objective, despite the subjective and arguably creative nature of higher-level mathematics. As our needs rapidly change in the 21st century, we no longer are the keeper of the keys to the world. Teachers aren’t holding the secrets of next-level math – they’re all available online. Rather than push more content down to be learned earlier (think 7th graders taking HS Geometry!), we need to re-evaluate our perspective on math education. By reshifting our curriculum to have flexibility and real-world relevance (not just a “word problem” in a textbook from 2010), we offer opportunities for all students to appreciate mathematics and deepen their understanding, which inevitably “humanizes” math for those who aren’t the memorizers or fast-thinkers. My session will highlight how I’ve made the transition from a traditional classroom to one that focuses on understanding the “why” of math and strives to use math to teach some of the world’s injustices. Further, my session would highlight digital tools that support this transition. Gone are the days of having a traditional cut & paste math binder, but now, a digital space for learning and thinking and collaborating are much more effective. This is now more relevant than ever in a time where teachers and students need to be ready to shift online at a drop of a hat. I will help guide teachers to build this online space and encourage them to find real relevance in their own math curriculum.

Session Audience:

Middle school, High school, Curriculum leaders, Math & Science

Session Goals:

  • Recognize the benefit of moving from a traditional math class to one that values critical thinking and inquiry over procedure

  • Allowing students to explore math in a more creative, relevant and interdisciplinary way

  • Allowing students to become more engaged and empowered.

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will evaluate their current work and find spaces for inquiry in their own math classes.

  • Participants will also walk away with the understanding of digital tools to support their work (Google Classroom, Desmos, PearDeck, Google Forms & Sheets).

Presenter Bio:

Jill Broderick is passionate about using technology to support equity, flexibility, and creativity in math. She is a Google for Education Certified Educator and Innovator. Jill has taught MS math for the last twelve years. She is currently based in Singapore but has previously taught in London and the United States. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys reading, trivia, travel, and hanging out with her dog (and husband).