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Friday, March 1 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Vocabulary Building in Mathematics for English Language Learners (ELLs) FULL

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This session specifically addresses the vocabulary challenges faced by students who are learning the English language. The vocabulary challenges they have correlate with the results for ELLs in problem solving in the content of mathematics. The purpose of the session is to provide math teachers will strategies to develop language of ELLs by using the four language development domains in the subject of math so they will be better equipped to solve real world math problems.

Together, we'll address how to choose academic and math specific vocabulary appropriate for the math concepts being taught, strategies for recall and the use of the vocabulary throughout instruction, and applying the vocabulary to real world math problems. In this session, I will explain the four domains of language development according to WIDA, which are speaking, writing, listening, and reading. It is important for educators of math to incorporate the four language domains when teaching ELLs because each domain contributes to the ultimate goal of being able to apply the language to mathematical problem solving.

I will also introduce three instructional strategies for attendees to take away to use in their math classrooms. All three strategies will come from the 2014 guide “Dekalb County Strategies for Teaching English Language, Literature, and Content: A Teacher’s Guide” written by Mary Lou McCloskey, Janet Orr, Lydia Stack, and Gabriela Kleckova. The first technique is to take the content standard and unpack the vocabulary needed to meet the objective of that particular standard. The second strategy is to create a Word Square graphic organizer to show the word, meaning, symbol or picture, and a sentence/example. Next, attendees will engage in interactive activity, Conga Line/Inside Outside Circles for review and to get them speaking and listening to each other. Lastly, they will apply the vocabulary to solve real world and mathematical problems. 

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Allyson Goode

Teacher, Freedom Middle School
Allyson Goode is passionate about bridging the academic achievement gaps that exist between the growing populations of English Language Learners (ELLs) and native English speakers. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree In Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southern University. She is... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm MST
Sweeney C
  Sessions: Educational Equity
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES The Standards of Mathematical Practices
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Engage in vocabulary building strategies and the application of academic and content specific vocabulary in real world math problems.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" Attendees of this session will actively participate in stations. They will first take the content standard and unpack the vocabulary needed to meet the objective of that particular standard.