Math education and engagement in West Philadelphia

Erica K. Brockmeier

Penn Today

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Armed with miniature white boards and colored markers, 30 10th graders are busy chatting and working with Penn students on a Thursday afternoon. Split across several rooms in the School of Nursing’s Fagin Hall and fresh from a neuroscience laboratory activity and short lunch break, the students from Paul Robeson High School spent the hour honing their math skills as their college-aged mentors discuss problem-solving strategies, work through examples, and provide real-time feedback.

The students taking part in this afternoon study session are all part of Math 123, one of Penn’s Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses offered this fall. Through a combination of weekly lectures and lesson plan development, followed by in-person activities, Penn students applied the skills they learned about math education and communication while engaging with students in the West Philadelphia community.

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