The Relational Work of Math Teaching: Why Good Colleagues Matter

Ilana Seidel Horn

In this talk, I explore the idea of “social risk” in mathematics classrooms and explain why attending to classroom relationships is so important to achieving Standards-based instruction. Then I share what I have learned from 6 educators who developed positive mathematical relationships in their secondary classrooms. Finally, I explain how colleagues can be a crucial resource for supporting and sustaining this work.

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Ilana Seidel Horn

Ilana Seidel Horn

Ilana Seidel Horn is Professor of Mathematics Education at Vanderbilt University Peabody College. She studies secondary mathematics teachers’ learning by looking at teachers in their workplace settings to understand the problems they actually grapple with in everyday practice. Her research aims to better understand ways to support teachers on-the-ground problem solving to improve mathematics teaching and learning, especially in urban settings.

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