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English Learners in the Mathematics Classroom

Second Edition

Foreword by Miriam A. Leiva



© 2014 | 160 pages | Corwin

Research-based strategies to reach English learners – now aligned with the Common Core!

Instead of just watching your English learners struggle, ensure that they develop high-level math skills and gain greater fluency in English. Debra Coggins’ bestselling book has helped many teachers achieve these intertwined goals by offering strategies that support mathematics learning along with language acquisition for English Learners. Now in its second edition, English Learners in the Mathematics Classroom addresses Common Core requirements, enabling your students to build 21st century skills that will serve them well into the future.

Through this trusted resource, you’ll develop specialized teaching strategies that can be adapted across grade levels for students at all stages of English language acquisition. You’ll discover

  • Mathematics lesson scenarios in every chapter, directly connected to the Common Core Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Instructional approaches that promote participation, hands-on learning, and true comprehension of mathematics concepts that benefit all students
  • Sample lessons, visuals, and essential vocabulary that connect mathematical concepts with language development

Whether you are rediscovering this book or picking it up for the first time, you’ll find standards-based strategies that will enable your English learners to enjoy and master mathematics. 

“The ideas and strategies in this book, supported by research and field experiences, will benefit ALL students because they are addressing learning challenges that are common for many learners."
Trudy Mitchell, Middle School Math Consultant
San Diego, CA

"This is by far the best book on designing mathematics instruction for English learners. The short but thorough research reviewed in each chapter gives background for why the teaching tips are so important in developing mathematically literate students."
Dan Battey, Associate Professor
Rutgers University
 
Preface
 
Foreword by Miriam A. Leiva
 
Introduction
 
1. Developing Conversational Language: Help English Learners
Talk-to-Learn During Mathematics Lessons  
Rationale From Research  
Mathematics Teaching Example: Sorting Shapes (Geometric Attributes)  
Discussion of the Mathematics Teaching Example  
Teaching Tips  
Discussion of Conversational Language  
Conversational Language Research  
 
2. Developing Academic Language: Develop Mathematics Concepts and Vocabulary for English Learners
Rationale From Research  
Mathematics Teaching Example: Number Riddles (Addition and Subtraction Word Problems)  
Discussion of the Mathematics Teaching Example  
Teaching Tips  
Discussion of Academic Language Development  
Academic Language Research  
Discussion and Project Questions  
 
3. Scaffolding: Give Support for Both Mathematics and Language Learning
Rationale From Research  
Mathematics Teaching Example: Table Arrangement Problem  
Discussion of the Mathematics Teaching Example  
Teaching Tips  
Discussion of Scaffolding in Mathematics  
Scaffolding Research  
Discussion and Project Questions  
 
4. The Role of Concrete Materials: Utilize Objects to Develop Mathematical Understanding for English Learners
Rationale From Research  
Mathematics Teaching Example: District Benchmark (Multiply By a Fraction)  
Discussion of Mathematics Teaching Example  
Teaching Tips  
Discussion of Concrete Materials in Mathematics  
Concrete Materials Research  
Discussion and Project Questions  
 
5. Visual Learning: Provide Mathematical and Organizational Representations As a Regular Component of Instruction
Rationale From Research  
Mathematics Teaching Example: How Many Chairs? (Two-Digit Multiplication)  
Discussion of Mathematics Teaching Example  
Teaching Tips  
Visual Learning Research  
Discussion and Project Questions  
 
6. Questioning Strategies: Ask Questions to Foster Students' Learning of Mathematics and English
Rationale From Research  
Mathematics Teaching Example: Snail Races (Probability)  
Discussion of Mathematics Teaching Example  
Teaching Tips  
Discussion of Questioning Strategies in Mathematics  
Questioning in Mathematics Research  
Discussion and Project Questions  
 
7. Comprehensible Input: Combine Many Strategies to Develop Mathematics Concepts Through Clear and Effective Instruction
Rationale From Research  
Mathematics Teaching Example: Similar Shapes, Multiplicative Scaling, and Proportion  
Discussion of Mathematics Teaching Example  
Teaching Tips  
Discussion of Comprehensible Input in Mathematics  
Comprehensible Input Research  
Discussion and Project Questions  
 
Appendix
A 1.1 Geometric Shapes  
A 3.1 Blank Planning Map  
A 3.2 Sample Planning Map  
A 6.1 Gameboard for Snail Races  
A 6.2 Questions List  
 
References

"This book provides an updated and integrated look at math instruction with specific lessons and examples so that teachers can use it in their professional development settings."

Maria Dufek, Educational Consultant
MBD Educational Consulting Inc, Boulder City, NV

"This book addresses common issues and challenges classroom teachers face as they deal with diverse groups of students, including English Language Learners. The ideas and strategies, supported by research and field experiences, will benefit ALL students because they are addressing learning challenges that are common for many learners."

Trudy Mitchell, Middle School Math Consultant
San Diego, CA

"This is by far the best book on designing mathematics instruction for English Language Learners.  I particularly like how the teaching tips do not dumb down or oversimplify instructional strategies for teachers.  The short but thorough research reviewed in each chapter gives background for why the teaching tips are so important in developing mathematically literate students."

Dan Battey, Associate Professor
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Key features
  • Each chapter’s lesson scenario and chapter questions are newly written or adapted  to address Common Core State Standards and a specific Standard for Mathematical Practice. Lesson scenarios illustrate a variety of ways of supporting ELLs’ comprehension and English language development.
  • The instructional aspects of the lesson scenarios that span from primary to middle school classroom settings are intended to be generalizable across many grades and to be sources of discussion among educators. The scenarios demonstrate a variety of ways in which classroom teachers might provide mathematics instruction that addresses CCSSs and Standards of Mathematical Practice
  • Each chapter’s commentary on the mathematics teaching example, along with targeted chapter questions, provides opportunities for educators to contemplate, discuss, and envision helping all students, but particularly ELLS, work towards proficiency with the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the CCSS
  • Each chapter’s discussion of research and teaching tips serve as a “tool” for educators to understand, discuss, and visualize their own highly effective standards-aligned mathematics teaching of all students, including ELLs

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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