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  • EduTalks: Filiberto Barajas-Lopez & What Exactly Is School Math For? – In this thought-provoking video, Professor Filiberto Barajas-Lopez argues all cultures have rich mathematical traditions that we need to draw upon, asking two powerful questions: (1) Do our students feel like their own culture is reflected in the math they are learning? (2) What opportunities exist for them to develop lasting mathematical identities? His work focuses on ways that teachers can amplify opportunities for immigrant and non-immigrant students of color to productively participate in school math and learn ways to expand the way we understand what kinds of math count. 
  • Mathigon Timeline of Mathematics – This timeline shows cross-cultural contributions to mathematics from the Stone Age until today. Below are three of the celebrated contributions from the Maya, Inca, and Aztec civilizations.
  • The Mayan Number System
    • Maya Numbers – This website explains the Maya number system. It has an interactive game (and practice rounds) for writing Maya numbers and performing operations with Maya numbers. 
    • The Maya Base-20 Number System – This video explains the difference between base-10 and base-20 as well as the importance of the Maya invention of the zero. 
    • Mayan Numbers ($0.99) – This app allows for an exploration of the Maya number system, which is base-20 (vigesimal), as opposed to base-10 (decimal).
    • Making a right angle the Maya way – This classroom activity shows how the Maya were able to make right angles and build great cities without a way to measure angles by using a length of rope and equilateral triangles.

What do you notice? What do you wonder?


Famous Latino Mathematicians

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Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
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