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
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.
Hi. I’m Nicole.
I am a Syracuse-based artist, writer, mother, professor, mathematics educator, and visual translator working to improve students’ meaningful learning of mathematics. I design, study, and write to better understand how to characterize and support students’ meaningful learning of mathematics education. (CV)Nicole L. Fonger
Meaning is a creative act.Nicole L. Fonger
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.
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.
- An Equity Lens (in Sketchnotes)Equity lenses help to better understand and situate both broad issues in mathematics education, as well as approaches to addressing inequities and injustices. In this series of sketches, I explore one lens on equity developed by Rochelle Gutierrez, and relate this to other perspectives by Christopher Emdin and Bettina Love. While the sketches are my own, I draw on the ideas of other scholars and thought leaders to inform these visualizations.
- Being, Rain.In a state of being, I notice. I breathe. I experience sensation in my body. I pause to listen to what I need.
- Cultivating Joy.Cultivating joy means noticing when I’m joyful, and when I’m not. It means accepting what is, and living with an intention to cultivate joy.