With the open access and availability of instructional resources on the internet, teachers need think more like teachers as designers and researchers and not just consumers of instructional materials. This is an important teaching skill that allows teachers to be more judicious when selecting tasks and materials for instruction, accessing student learning through action research in their respective classrooms.

Many of these resources are vetted by educators but individual teachers still owe it to themselves and their students to collect evidence of effectiveness based on their teaching context, student population and needs.

That is where EQUAL Mathematics comes in! This website is part of my instructional resources that helps teachers take existing units, lessons and tasks and supplement the material with an equitable teaching lens. How does the material attend to diverse learners who may need a connection to real world application? What are ways to engage each and every learner to activity participate in the sense making process as the lesson progresses so that one can build ownership in their math thinking? What are the multiple representations that are used to communicate math understanding in small groups and to build collective knowledge in the classroom? What routines for sense making and reasoning is encouraged to promote critical thinking ?

### Here are some open educational resources (curriculum)

### https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/

### https://www.map.mathshell.org/

### https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-F6NPv6uO2RJkd59WibdB1LxMqTDwLvi/view?usp=drivesdk (sample 6th grade unit)

### http://www.cpalms.org/Public/search/Resource#

### Also check these sites that I have archived for rich tasks

### http://drjennifersuh.onmason.com/2018/07/10/tapping-into-the-sense-of-wonder-in-math/

## Foregrounding Equity in Modeling Activities

How can you build students mathematical power to empower them and motivate them to learn mathematically to serve them? Mathematical modeling is a powerful way to immerse young students in ways that math can serve them in their every day life to make important decisions.

As teachers we must foreground these experience by considering equitable teaching practices that serve all students.There are seven important principles to consider when foregrounding equity in math modeling experiences for young students.

**C**aring, celebrating and connecting to cultural diversity, cultural contexts and the world we live in to engage in mathematics.**O**wning the math- Allow students to share their mathematical thinking and author math ideas that builds on collective knowledge**M**otivation to learn- provide learning experience that taps into learners curiosity and interest where they find challenge and academic success.**P**roblem**P**osing and**P**roblem**S**olving as the core math activities to develop metacognition**U**nderstanding with competence and confidence that builds their math identity**T**argeted feedback to math learning for individual needs**E**motionally supportive learning environment where learners feel safe, valued and cared for.