Math Education Specialist
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus
John White is an Math Education Specialist for the Center for Academic Learning at UNM-Gallup. Mr. White's academic background consists of a B.A. and Master's degree in Architecture. Mr. White also teaches adjunct as a math instructor and for the Intro to Architecture class.
Promising Practices in Diversity Education Serving Native American Populations
This presentation discusses promising practices in math education serving Dine students. Teaching math to students whose first language is Dine can pose as a challenge. Dine is a descriptive language and uses descriptive words to teach math, while the English language, utilizes symbols to teach math to students. Promising practices that can serve Dine students and help with math education are discussed in this presentation. For example, showing step-by-step procedures for working out each math problem can help bridge the gap of knowledge for these students. Additionally, using examples of how math was used in ancient Indigenous cultures can help empower Dine students as well as other Indigenous students. The integration of indigenous culture in teaching math, can allow students to be co-creators of knowledge in mathematics. Indigenous mathematics can a valuable tool for closing knowledge gap in math for Dine and Indigenous learners.
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