Connecting Research to Teaching: Shifting Mathematical Authority from Teacher to Community

Author: Corey Webel
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“Mr. Webel, is this right?” As a high school teacher, I was asked this question daily. I never knew quite how to answer. On the one hand, I wanted my students to make sense of and provide mathematical reasons for their answers rather than simply take my word for it. On the other hand, what was I supposed to say—“I refuse to answer” or “I don't know”? These responses felt disingenuous, as if I were keeping knowledge from students simply for the purpose of watching them struggle.


Edited by Thomas A. Evitts, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA 17257

Karen Heinz, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ 08028

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Corey Webel,, is a mathematics educator at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Previously a high school mathematics teacher in Columbia, Missouri, he recently earned his PhD at the University of Delaware. JENNIFER NORRIS

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