#UTedChat Questions for 11/15 – Equity in Mathematics

This week we have Michele Jones (@4MicheleJones) a secondary Mathematics teacher in Granite School District and Steve Phelps (@MrPhelpsMath) a high school Math teacher at Spectrum Academy leading the discussion on Equity in Mathematics. Both of these excellent educators are part of the Utah Hope Street Group Teacher Fellows and we are excited to have them hosting #UTedChat tonight. If you haven’t already followed Michele (@4MicheleJones) or Steve (@MrPhelpsMath) via Twitter you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. You can also follow the Utah Teacher Fellows group on Twitter at @HSG_UT

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: What does equity in Mathematics mean to you?

Q2: What are the essential components to an equitable Mathematics classroom?

Q3: How can a growth mindset increase equity in Mathematics?

Q4: What can teachers do to help students develop a growth mindset in Mathematics?

Q5: What actions can teachers take to increase equity in schools and the community for all students in Mathematics?

Michele has been a teacher for five years at both the junior high and high school level teaching mathematics in Granite School District. Her belief that education is the bridge to opportunity for her students is why she is a passionate advocate of high-quality public education both in and out of the classroom. She is a board member of the Utah Education Association and a member of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Michele was awarded Granite District’s Outstanding Educator award in 2016. Michele earned a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Master’s in Mathematics Education from the University of Utah.

You can follow Michele via Twitter at @4micheleJones.

Steve has spent the last three years at Spectrum Academy in Pleasant Grove, a charter school focuses on the success of students with autism. His instructional foundations are built on the mantra “Struggling in math is required to learn.” He has served as the D.A.D.S State President for Utah Down Syndrome Foundation (UDSF) and served on the leadership team for Spectrum Academy. In 2009, Steven was awarded Union Middle School Teacher of the Year. He graduated from UVU in 2009 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He innovated the classroom to incorporate movement and cooperative learning, called MathEverywhere. 

You can follow Michele via Twitter at @MrPhelpsMath.

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Cody is the web developer, Communications Coordinator and media production center director for the Washington County School District. He has served on the UCET Board since 2012 as the WCSD representative and web developer for the organization.

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