registration required.) Even if it doesn't come easily at first, there are ways to get ELLs excited about math. I am happy to report that while Hillary still feels challenged and is working very hard, this year has been much more successful for her and her students. You could easily cut portions out and paste them into a journal. A bonus pack of 11 printable classroom posters are headed your way! For teachers who have an electronic whiteboard in the classroom, there are many resources available on links that can be easily accessed and brought into the classroom. Look for interactive games that offer students a chance to practice their mathematical skills. This can be a fun activity if students create a problem similar to the ones you have used in class and they exchange problems with a partner. Allow students to discuss how they are thinking about math. When they help create the pocket and what goes inside they take ownership over showing their work. She wanted so much to provide the students with the good foundation they needed, but she felt unable to reach the students or engage them in her lessons, and by the end of the year she was exhausted and frustrated.
She began this school year with a new set of tools and a deeper understanding of the instructional scaffolding ELLs need in order to learn the content while also learning English. It is inspiring to know that there are talented, creative teachers who are always finding better ways to teach and are willing to share the knowledge. Get creative and free teacher articles - delivered to your inbox weekly. Written word problems present a unique challenge to ELL students and teachers alike. (Check the hotlinks for a list of bilingual translations of math vocabulary in multiple languages). Modify the linguistic complexity of language and rephrase math problems. These examples include teacher created pieces, but you can always release it to students during group work, paired activities or during small group work. High school math teacher Hillary Hansen learned just how big a role language plays in math instruction when she taught her first Basic Math course for ELLs last year. Choose the country or region, and search by curriculum standards, subject and grade level. That summer she had an opportunity to join a district. The student understood the meaning of "find" in one context, but not in the appropriate mathematical context. When you use pieces that move, expand, fold, etc you are creating a novel set of materials and adding function.
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