What context am I missing that hinders my connection with my students? How often do I take the time to get to know their backgrounds? What are the primary experiences that shaped them, and do those present obstacles or opportunities for learning? And in what ways does the mathematical beach say “open to all” but still feel restricted?
These questions appear unrelated to mathematics, but if we ignore their effects, some of our students will not flourish.
© 2015 Francis Edward Su
Su, Francis Edward. "To the Mathematical Beach." MAA Focus, June/July 2015, 18-19.