Solving the problem of unequal student participation by designing groupworthy math lessons

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Sandra Crespo
In this poster I share work from my book “Smarter Together: Collaboration and Equity in the Mathematics Classroom” that my co-authors and I have been doing to introduce principles and practices for supporting students’ collaborative and equitable group work in the elementary and secondary mathematics classrooms. This work has entailed: (a) disrupting what it means to be “smart” in the math classroom, (b) redefining “good” math tasks as tasks that are also groupworthy, and (c) developing instructional strategies to orient and support students to engage in collaborative learning practices. Examples from our own MSU interns are used to illustrate each of these principles for designing group worthy math lessons.

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