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Achieving College DreamsHow a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School$
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Rhona S. Weinstein and Frank C. Worrell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190260903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260903.001.0001

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Math and Not Just About Math!

Math and Not Just About Math!

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(p.227) 11 Math and Not Just About Math!
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Achieving College Dreams
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Sarah Salazar

Stacy Thomas

Rhona S. Weinstein

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260903.003.0011

This chapter contains the reflections of two mathematics teachers at the California College Preparatory Academy—shared in conversation—about how their teaching of mathematics changed to enable low-income and students of color to succeed in advanced mathematics, especially when they arrive greatly underprepared. Their goal is to fuel student interest in and a love for mathematics or, at least, not a fear of it. Among the themes that characterized their exchange is the continuing struggle to balance mathematical rigor, basic skill remediation, authentic relationships, and life lessons in reaching these students. The chapter highlights the role of appropriate scaffolding and student discourse in developing students’ confidence and sense of agency as learners. It also illustrates the importance of working in teams, engaging in reflection afforded in this school by the partnership, and adopting the same readiness to learn from failure that teachers want for their students.

Keywords:   adolescent, CAL Prep, mathematics instruction, scaffold, students of color

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