Hi. I’m Nicole.
I link research and practice to support students’ meaningful learning of algebra in urban public schools.
Based in Syracuse since 2017, I am a dedicated parent, community member, artist, writer, and math education professor.Nicole L. Fonger
Meaning is a creative act.Nicole L. Fonger
My latest work
Equitable Communication to Link Research & Practice
Exploring the Intersection of Antiracism & Algebra
How is the gatekeeper role of algebra intertwined with racism? I’m building an Antiracist Algebra Coalition a team of folks dedicated to racial justice in Syracuse, NY. Join us! View a PDF of the project aims here.
A Learning Trajectory for Quadratic Function
Together with Dr. Amy Ellis and Dr. Fatih Dogan, we developed a learning trajectory for quadratic function. Read the article here.
Math Ed Sketchnotes & Zines
I sketch my own ideas and the ideas of others. I focus on sketching about learning and teaching algebra in mathematics education to link research and practice. I also create #zines like this one on equity and redlining.
A Heart Centered Lens
This study suggests the possibility of using creative artistic expression to support the transformation of educators’ perspectives… Read the article
Culturally Responsive Education
I draw on the perspectives of thought leaders to explore What is reality pedagogy (Christopher Emdin)?What is an equity lens in mathematics education (Rochelle Gutierrez)? Read More.
Theory and practice go hand in hand. I’m on a quest to engage in critical conversations to strengthen these connections, and take action toward a shared vision for improved mathematics education for all students.
Teaching and Mentoring
Center student voice through cultural competence, build caring teacher-student relationships as a grounding for academic achievement, and cultivate critical consciousness to transform educational opportunities.
As a teacher my goal is to support students’ rich opportunities to learn meaningful mathematics. I ground my practice in research and theory on learning, teaching, and equity in mathematics education.
Sketchnoting is a relaxing practice that aims to capture ideas in images and text in an engaging way
Sketchnotes combine image and text as a unique visual synthesis. No pre-requisite experience is required.
- How do you get started in community-engaged scholarship?I’m a life long learner. I love learning. One topic I am learning more about is community-engaged scholarship. I’m reading, listening to podcasts, partnering with community members, inviting speakers to visit the class I’m teaching. Here are some thoughts on community-engaged scholarship that I learned from Brice Nordquist. I’ve shared them here in the formContinue reading “How do you get started in community-engaged scholarship?”
- First day of class.Firsts can be difficult. I’m reframing this first class as an opportunity to set norms to guide our interactions, discuss our identities, and determine rubrics for an “ungrading” practice.
- That’s So Ghetto #microagression“Ghettos were created and under-resourced by design…” #Redlining systematized the creation and persistence of America’s Ghettos.