If you walk away with one idea from this presentation, let it be that students who say, “I am not good in math,” or those who have historically underperformed on standard-
ized tests, may actually be competent math learners and budding mathematicians. While national math scores are low in Yucatec Maya villages in México, this study
illuminates a wealth of community math knowledge and a wide variety of innovative approaches to solving everyday problems. This talk is about my six-month ethno-
graphic, mixed-methods study that explored problem-solving approaches in one Yucatec Maya community in México, and how these cultural assets could inform how we
teach math, engineering, and maker space skills in the US.
Coffee, Tea, and Cookies!