Walking into Phoenix, Arizona for the TRC meeting, I had no idea what to expect as this was my first year being a member of the TRC program. The only word that comes to mind to describe that week is WOW. I walked into a community of teachers who are just as passionate about teaching and improving the classroom as I am. The week ended up being a time for me to grow as a person and educator. In the last few years I have become a person who does not like crowds of people or having to push myself to speak to others when I do not know them. I was able to have multiple conversations about how other educators are teaching in their classrooms. I was delightfully overwhelmed that I was welcomed by the veterans and the new members of the TRC program.
The process for putting together a proposal in three days was a wild ride. We were able to take several ideas for investigation and propose new questions or topics for inquiry. When my group got to “card L,” I knew that this would be what I wanted to gear my research towards, mathematical literacy. When we initially discussed mathematical literacy it was geared towards EL students. I immediately suggested that we look at improving all student’s mathematical literacy because I knew many other students would benefit. Over the last several years mathematical literacy is something that I have found to be important for students because in my classroom there are several students that are coming into the seventh grade with elementary reading levels. When we began day two of the process, it was myself and one other person working on coming up with a proposal. After working for a bit, another member of the TRC team came to find out about our research proposals. He told me that because of my enthusiasm and passion for mathematical literacy, he knew that he needed to be a part of our group. Both of my group members saw my passion and we all three came together to formulate our research proposal. They made a dream of researching mathematical literacy a reality for me.
Through researching with my other group members, I really want to be able to figure out how we can help students become better mathematicians through reading and writing in the math classroom. Often times I have seen students look at questions or word problems and see that there are a lot of words; they are intimidated and do not even attempt the problem because of reading. For the 2019-2020 school year, students in our classrooms will be reading, writing, talking, and reflecting. I am very excited to share through this blog the research and our findings. Mathematical literacy is going to be such an important and ground breaking project.