Connections Matter 2

My former 4th and 5th grade students playing math games with classmates. In April, more governors decided to close schools for the remaining of the school year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More closings mean that more schools will be moving to remote learning and more time that learners will be learning at … Continue reading Connections Matter 2

Celebrating One Year with Black Girl Math™

It's Black Girl Math's first year anniversary! One year ago this week, I published my first post Representation Matters because it highlighted the importance of Black students seeing other mathematicians to develop their own identities in mathematics. My first post garnered 390 views in February 2019. In one year, Black Girl Math™ had 1,274 views … Continue reading Celebrating One Year with Black Girl Math™

Supporting Leaders to Create a Culture of Learning

When I became a classroom teacher, one of the first books I received was The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Henry and Rosemary T. Wong to help me set up my learning environment and classroom management system. I continued to adopt and adapt many of the ideas as I … Continue reading Supporting Leaders to Create a Culture of Learning

Community Matters 2

"You can't go it alone. We're neuro-biologically hard-wired for connection with other people. In the absence of connection, love, and belonging, there is suffering."--Brené Brown from The Call to Courage Netflix special I wholeheartedly feel the same way as Brené about my learning community. I can't do this work alone! I loved that I had … Continue reading Community Matters 2

Representation Matters

Recently, I was in a school bathroom and saw a beautiful painting of an African woman dressed in African garb hanging on the wall. I was immediately filled with awe and joy because the painting radiated beauty and was a positive image in a surprising place. I am often one of few African American women … Continue reading Representation Matters

My Next Chapter Begins

Thanks for joining me on my new project to take a deeper look at connecting culturally responsive mathematics to increase successes for Black students in mathematics classrooms. I will share my own mathematics journey and connect with other educators on this project. I have spent more than half of my 20-year career in education focused … Continue reading My Next Chapter Begins