Ways To Teach Common Core Math To ELLs is the title of one of my latest Education Week Teacher columns.
I’m hearing that many math teachers, at least in the secondary level, are finding it very challenging to teach Common Core math to English Language Learners.
I thought I’d start bringing together some potentially useful resources, and hope readers will contribute more.
In addition, I’d love to interview teachers who are having success teaching Common Core math to ELLs, so please leave a comment if you’d be open to talking with me. Please leave a comment if you’re open to talking.
Before I share resources specifically related to Common Core math, here are some math-related “Best” lists I’ve previously posted:
The Best Math Websites For English Language Learners
The Best Science & Math Sites — 2008
The Best Science & Math Sites — 2009
The Best MATH Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress
You might also be interested in this article: Is math a universal language or a foreign language for ELLs? from MultiBriefs.
Okay, now here are some Common Core-connected math resources:
Common-Core Math Standards Put New Focus on English-Learners is an important article from Education Week.
Diane Staehr Fenner has put together an excellent post, Resources for Teaching the CCSS in Mathematics to ELLs.
Laura Stevens has also compiled a very useful list.
Teaching English learners language of math is from Ed Source.
Cutting to the Common Core: Mathematically Speaking is from Language Magazine.
— REL Appalachia (@REL_Appalachia) July 23, 2015
Making Word Problems Less Problematic is from TESOL.
— Vipula Sharma (@VipulaSharma1) October 3, 2015
— NCTM (@NCTM) July 12, 2016
— Colorín Colorado (@ColorinColorado) October 18, 2016
Created by MIND Research Institute.
6 Tips When Discussing Math with the English Language Learner offers some good advice.
— valentina gonzalez (@ValentinaESL) April 11, 2017
What Is It Like to Learn Math In a Different Language? is from the Mind Research Institute.
How Readability Factors Are Differentially Associated With Performance for Students of Different Backgrounds When Solving Mathematics Word Problems is from The American Educational Resource Journal.
Stem For ELS looks like a very useful site.
Supporting English Learners in Mathematics Classrooms is by Jana Echevarria.
Six Strategies to Help Academic Language Learners (ALL) Succeed in Early Math https://t.co/qObnrUvzdN @Getting_Smart @MrElmerLLC @SolutionTree @SolutionTree_CA @SolutionTreeAU @RigorRelevance #divergED #edchat #leadupchat #RTIaw #atplc pic.twitter.com/oB6i2fRseT
— Chris Weber, Ed.D. (@WeberEducation) February 18, 2018
Unlocking Learning II: Math as a Lever for English Learner Equity is a new report from West Ed. Ed Week also has a good summary.
Is math a universal language or a foreign language for ELLs? is from MultiBriefs via Judie Haynes.
Mathematical Language Routines is from Achieve The Core.
ELLs Count on Language Support in Math is from ASCD.
Study shows approach can help English learners improve at math word problems is from The University of Kansas.
Change the way you teach STEM classes! is from WIDA.
6 Tips When Discussing Math with the English Language Learner is from The Early Math Collaborative.
— Ewing Learning (@EwingLearning) January 7, 2019
Doing and Talking Math and Science is from WIDA.
Building mathematical discourse with English learners is from MultiBriefs.
— Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom) August 10, 2019
— Emily Fɾαɳƈιʂ 💫 (@emilyfranESL) November 18, 2020
Are you looking for💡on how to support #ELs in a Math classroom? @michelleshory & I created a resource with suggestions on how to make content comprehensible for Ss so that they can enjoy ᴍᴀᴛʜ🧮 concepts.
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— Irina McGrath, Ph.D. (@irina_mcgrath) December 1, 2020
— Jim Ewing He/him/his (@EwingLearning) March 1, 2021
A colleague at our school who teaches math to Newcomers is very excited about Desmos. Here’s what Dan Meyer, Dean of Research at Desmos, told me after I asked him for how other teachers have been using it with ELLs:
During this last awful year, we’ve been really happy to support educators outside of our original community of math teachers. With teachers of multilingual students, we see them taking advantage of student components like photo upload, sketch, and card sort, which allow students to express their thinking even while they’re developing their ability to describe it in writing. We also see teachers using some of our advanced features in some really novel ways. Like Jenna Davis here (who might be a useful source for you) who uses our “initialText” setting to add sentence frames to text input components, giving students a useful scaffold for their thinking.
Equitable Assessment has some useful ideas for ELL assessment in math.
California’s math framework matters to English learners. Here’s how we can get it right is from Ed Source. It includes a link to recommendations for how to design math materials in accessible ways, which could be applied to other subjects, too.
Again, I hope that readers will contribute more!