Paula Johnson

How Does it All Add Up? – Podcast Episode 108 | Classnotes Podcast 108

Classnotes Podcast (May 31, 2012) Possibly more than ever before, math touches our lives in a variety of ways to help us function in today’s society. We need math to think critically and solve problems. Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., an IDRA education associate, discusses how math instruction can be made to be accessible and engaging for all students by equipping teachers with best practices and strategies that work in diverse classrooms of all grade levels. Paula is interviewed by Bradley Scott, Ph.D., director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity.

Show length: 15:32

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Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., IDRA Newsletter

A Quality Math Curriculum in Support of Effective Teaching for Elementary Schools
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W. Schmidt, R. Houang, & L. Cogan, American Educator

IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity

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Show Notes

  • Paula explains why math is so important -- that we need it in our everyday lives for thinking critically and solving problems.

  • Paula discusses the elements of math literacy.

  • Bradley asks Paula whether many teachers lack confidence in teaching math.

  • Paula talks about the success of the IDRA Math Smart! training model, which provides teachers a toolkit of strategies and best practices for math instruction.

  • Paula discusses how schools and teachers are working to make STEM subjects -- and particularly math -- more accessible and engaging to poor and minority students.