Mathematician Alphabet (Not Just Dead White Dudes)

First, if you haven’t heard of the Mathematician Project aka Not Just Dead White Dudes from Annie, read this here: https://arbitrarilyclose.com/2016/08/21/the-mathematicians-project-mathematicians-are-not-just-white-dudes/

I think this project is super important and I’ve tried to incorporate it in a number of ways. I haven’t gotten the chance to actually have my learners do the project, but I’ve done it where I present mathematicians for a warm up, where I had a bulletin board of it, and where I used them as table/group labels after seeing them from Pam on her blog here: https://pamjwilson.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/table-labels/

But then I moved to a new room with desks instead of tables and got the idea from the teacher who had been in the room before to have colored tape on the feet of chairs to label the groups. So I put the 8 table labels (A-H) up on my wall to display since I wasn’t using them anymore. But I kept thinking that I wanted to complete the rest of the alphabet someday. Today was the day.

I made cards to print and put up that have a different mathematician that are Not Just Dead White Dudes. I know I’m not citing my sources correctly, but the information was all pretty much gathered from The Not Just Dead White Dudes Bank, Wikipedia, or the MacTutor History of Mathematics site.

It’s very possible I have a typo even though I tried to quadruple check everything. Let me know if you see anything weird or if there’s more you think I should do. It was pure luck that I ended up with an even number of men and women.

*Edit 1/2/20 – Thank you Amie @nomad_penguin for finding a typo on C. The file has been re-uploaded. Please let me know if you all find any more!

Feel free to use/edit them for yourself!

Google Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1huFNdJ2fWbvrNWONwDj1A5pn_l0icLM9LQCDZXl0ENY/copy?usp=sharing

PDF: Mathematician Alphabet (Not Just Dead White Dudes)

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C’est important que nos étudiants voient les mathematiciens comme eux.

New Student Checklist

My class rosters change very frequently all year.

(This lasted 4 days)

Because of this, I realized I needed a list of things I need to do every time I get a new learner ASAP. When I lose a student, the getting-rid-of process can really be done whenever it comes up so I don’t worry about it as much. The faster I can make a new learner feel welcome, though, the better.

I used to have a sticky note of all the things I’d have to add a new student to that I taped behind my desk and it was fine, but I decided to make it a bit more official.

New Student ChecklistFeel free to make a copy for yourself here:

Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LmHPbGQ8uZZCUdHkfhxVrMzsqoEyRJiCgIGI_EaP3Ek/copy?usp=sharing

PDF: New Student Checklist

J’espère que mes nouveaux étudiants sentent qu’ils sont les bienvenus.