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Teaching High Level Math through Distance Learning – Podcast Episode 208 | Classnotes Podcast 208

Classnotes Podcast (February 8, 2021). Math is proving to be the subject that is experiencing the greatest distance learning challenges for students at all age levels. Numerous studies are showing the effects of the disruptions of COVID-19 on student learning leading to students being significantly behind in math. No doubt, schools will adjust to help students get back on track. But what about students who are close to graduating and those taking higher-level math courses?

We welcome on our podcast high school educator, Jennifer Schulze-Aguirre, M.A., who teaches Algebra 1 through AP Calculus BC at Brandeis High School in Northside ISD. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a math emphasis and has been teaching teenagers for 14 years. In this episode, she discusses the challenges that are unique to math through distance learning. And she describes the creative ways she is addressing them and how she will transfer those strategies to her classroom after the pandemic. Jennifer is interviewed by Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., Family Engagement Coordinator, and Christie Goodman, APR, IDRA director of communication.

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Show length: 18:46 min.


The Organic Chemistry Tutor has great resource for math videos!

Education Week – Teaching and Learning Mathematics, great ideas for teachers

Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, See research articles for math education

Facilitating Online Math Sessions, IDRA webinar

At Home During COVID-19 – Making Math Connections, IDRA Learning Goes On (also in Spanish)

Student Perspectives on a Changing School Climate, IDRA webinar

Equitable Practices for Teaching Online, IDRA webinar

College Bound and Determined

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Show Notes

  • Jennifer shares why she got into teaching, and why she loves her job.

  • Jennifer talks about preparing for a school year of teaching virtually and her top priorities for helping students to succeed through distance learning.

  • Jennifer considers the specific challenges of teaching math in an online environment, including the difficulty of providing immediate feedback on student work during class time.

  • Aurelio asks Jennifer what tactics from online teaching she can incorporate into the classroom when face-to-face learning resumes.

  • Jennifer offers advice for both other teachers and parents who are still anxious about online learning.