The Multicultural Math Classroom: Bringing in the World.At first glance, this book did not appeal to me, as the author's tone appeared to be very pedantic pe·dan·tic
Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details. . Perhaps I was not prepared to learn more about stretching the cultural envelope around mathematics education.
The author's perspective began to fall into place for me, however, in Chapter I as she commented on teacher expectations. Zaslavsky identifies one of a teacher's first responsibilities as staying sensitive to the community by understanding his or her students' cultural and ethnic backgrounds. With such awareness, teachers can make instruction relevant and reflect mathematics' cultural uses. Zaslavsky believes that teachers should be taught similarly to how they themselves will teach - by exploring, conjecturing, communicating and reasoning, and by trying out new materials and games. Multicultural mul·ti·cul·tur·al
1. Of, relating to, or including several cultures.
2. Of or relating to a social or educational theory that encourages interest in many cultures within a society rather than in only a mainstream culture. math education involves meaningful math activities integrated with other subjects and joint planning with teachers of those subjects. She suggests some games and activities that would be appropriate.
The book also explores various cultural approaches to math and math concepts and shows how they can be extended across the curriculum. The Multicultural Math Classroom is must reading for any teacher who wishes to celebrate or explore the mathematical input of a variety of cultures. Reviewed by Barbara Barbara
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