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The Colors of Algebra
Rigor and Resilience at a "Last Chance" School


Joanne da Luz, Life Learning Academy, San Francisco USD

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Teaching Key Algebraic Concepts through Interdisciplinary Mathematics Teaching Students Who Have Failed in – and Been Failed By – Traditional Schooling

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Teaching Students Who have Failed In – and Been Failed By – Traditional Schooling

These interviews with my students will help you understand the complicated prior experiences with school and with math that they bring to my classroom.

interview: Donny
Donny's very insightful commentary regarding his educational history provides any teacher with perspective.
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Interview: Donny

Donny's very insightful commentary regarding his educational history provides any teacher with perspective. He points specifically to what many educators refer to as "gaps in education" and how he realized that one "nice" teacher in particular wanted to address them.
His responses to the interview clearly describe how a fifteen year old boy has internalized failure and is struggling to overcome it. However challenging Donny is for me, I constantly have to remind myself (if Donny hasn't already done so in his own way) that his improvement and ultimate success will happen over time and not right when I want it to happen or expect that it should happen.

 

 

 

 

 

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interview: Kenny
Reflective interview with Kenny about his prior experiences with math.
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interview: Steve
Reflective interview with Kenny about his prior experiences with math.
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