Where do I teach?
What are my students learning?
What's my approach?
My name is Joanne da Luz, and I am the mathematics instructor
at Life Learning Academy in San Francisco Unified School District.
In my work, I combine scaffolding with interdisciplinary group
projects to support learning for those students who are particularly
fearful of mathematics and have a history of failure.
In order to understand my teaching, you need to understand
Students need to understand
X * X ≠ 2x
The unique structure of Life
Learning Academy is designed to reach some of the most
challenging and marginalized students in our country. Operated
Delancey Street Foundation, Life Learning Academy is
committed to helping students develop healthy, productive,
and independent lives by teaching rigorous academic, social,
and vocational skills, and to instill positive community
values through an"Each One Teach One" philosophy.
Students are expected to pass on their newfound knowledge
and mentor others while learning how to change their lives.
The Colors and Algebra Project
their own unique understanding of algebraic representations.
Presenting on their work elevates the status of student
Factoring and multiplying are understood and referred
to in terms of dimensions and area.
Activities, journal prompts, writing assignments, and
discussions all help students to keep from "talking
Kenny makes a point about balance and symmetry while Stevie works out his
own sense of a variable.
Stevie and Kenny worry about "making it so the audience understands" and
in doing so, are interested in discussing their perceptions with each other
During his final student presentation, Kenny makes a point of saying "factoring
is like dividing " while referring to length and width.
The boys mention this as an obstacle in past math classes.
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July 5, 2006