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Developing Powerful and Supportive Mathematical Groupwork
Presenter: Anthony Muro Villa III
Groupwork is a powerful educational tool. It has the potential to offer students authority over their own thinking processes and develop language and communication skills. Yet, to develop a classroom culture that values all voices equitably may go beyond setting up talk structures and choosing the right task. Histories, politics, and context matters. This session will use classroom video and artifacts to think about the classroom conditions needed to mitigate status differences and develop a community with shared authority over the mathematics. We will use or collective experiences to rethink how authority operates in a mathematics classroom and its implications for how we can use groupwork to support students' deep mathematical thinking.

Anthony Muro Villa III is an assistant professor of STEM Teaching and Learning in the School of Education at University of California, Riverside. He taught high school mathematics for eleven years. Villa’s current work centers on how power operates in mathematics classrooms to affect students’ learning opportunities. He examines the following: (1) how teachers conceptualize, exercise, and delegate authority when implementing groupwork, (2) how classroom conditions and the nature of a task endorse students’ mathematical learning outcomes, and (3) how student peers’ perception of their role and learning goals affect access to mathematical learning. He seeks to use his experiences and expertise to inquire how mathematics can be genuinely incorporated in ways that enhance teacher education and students’ STEM experiences, particularly for those populations that have been historically marginalized and barred from its access.

Mar 21, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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