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Mathematics Education Articles and Teacher's Guides

Science Education Articles and Teacher's Guides


Overview of Providing Linguistic Accommodations to English Language Learners During Instruction (Free Online Course) - This module’s primary goal is to expand educators’ knowledge of ELL linguistic accommodations, so that they will be better prepared to help students attain high levels of English proficiency and academic success.

Lessonpick - a lesson-sharing website specifically for teachers of English-language learners

Topics: Math; Science; Concepts of Print; Phonemic Awareness; Phonics; Grammar; Vocabulary; Fluency; Comprehension; Speaking & Listening; Informational Text; Foundational Skills; Literature Writing; Activity; Game/Icebreaker; Assessment; Lesson Materials; Graphic Organizer; Scaffold; Smartboard; Lesson Plan.

English Learner Tool Kit - Please take a look at the new English Learner Tool Kit published by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). This toolkit serves as a guide to make sure state and local education agencies comply with the requirements of providing ELs with the tools necessary to attain English language proficiency.

Topics: Topics: Identifying All ELs; Providing ELs a Language Assistance Program; Staffing and Supporting an EL Program; Providing ELs Meaningful Access to Core Curricular Extracurricular Programs; Creating an Inclusive Environment for and Avoiding the Unnecessary Segregation of ELs; Addressing ELs with Disabilities; Serving ELs Who Opt Out of EL Programs and Resources for Monitoring and Exiting English Learners from EL Programs and Services; Evaluating the Effectiveness of a District’s EL Program; Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Proficient Parents.

Mathematics Education Articles and Teacher's Guides

Mathematical Thinking and Communication: Access for English Learner Students - Presentation given by staff of REL Northeast & Islands, Regional Educational Laboratory, and hosted by the English Language Learners Alliance. The presentation describes research findings demonstrating the importance of language proficiency for math learning among ELLs, as research shows that the ability to understand math and reason mathematically is closely linked to language proficiency. Presenters share strategies for promoting ELLs’ language access and production through the mathematical work of the classroom.

Topics: Visual Representations of Mathematical Thinking for ELs; Language Strategies; NSF Projects; Engaging With Challenging Mathematical Tasks; Integrating Support for Language Access and Production; Supporting and Using Multimodal Representation.

The Language of Math: the Common Core and English-Learners - A webinar presentation given by Mark Driscoll, Judit N. Moschkovich and Anthony Rebora for Education Week Webinars.
With their heightened emphasis on verbal explication and argumentation, the Common Core State Standards for mathematics pose unique challenges for students not fully proficient in English. The presenters explore the linguistic demands of the new standards and offer strategies to help math educators better support ELLs in developing and communicating mathematical reasoning. Scaffolding techniques, profession-development needs, and resource options are addressed.

Topics: Effective Math Instruction; Conceptual Understanding; Math Reasoning; Math Communication; Resources for Mathematical Thinking; Linguistic; Cultural; Communication Settings; Math for Understanding; Student Reasoning; Mathematics Coaching Supporting English Learners; The Verbs of Mathematical Practice; Academic Language.

Mathematical Thinking: Supports for English Language Learners - A website designed by the Education Development Center for math teachers of English Language Learners in the middle grades. The site contains mathematical tasks and support tools for each task as well as additional resources for math educators.

Topics: Language Support Tools; The Fostering Geometric Thinking Toolkit; Warm-ups; Sentence Starters and Frames; Word charts; Support Notes.

Supporting ELLs in Mathematics: CCSS-aligned Mathematic Tasks with Annotations and other Resources - The author, Judit Moschkovich, adapts tasks from Inside Mathematics and Mathematics Assessment Project. The materials presented can be used to support mathematics instruction and the learning of English Language Learners at the elementary, middle and high School level. The tasks are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Topics: Principles for Mathematics instruction for ELs; Guidelines for Design of Mathematics Instructions and Materials for ELs; Pointers to Professional Development Materials; Talk Moves to Help Students Orient to the Thinking of Others; Multiple Pathways for ELs at Different Levels; Language of Mathematics Task Templates.

Common-Core Math Standards Put New Focus on English-Learners - The author, Anthony Rebora, explains in this article how Mr. Arcos, a seventh-grade teacher in New York incorporates language strategies such as close reading and sentence annotation into his math lessons to help students with their language development and math scores. Opportunities for expression, scaffolds and instructional supports are presented as important elements in a mathematics class with ELLs.

Topics: Detailed Instruction in Close Reading; Sentence Annotation; Writing Fluency; Standards for Mathematical Practice; Explaining Solutions and Relationships; Constructing Arguments; Critiquing the Reasoning of Others; Opportunities for Expression; Scaffolds and Support; Making Language Visible.

10 Ways to Help ELLs Succeed in Mathematics - a helpful article that explains 10 ways to help ELLs succeed in mathematics.

Topics: Comprehensible Math Lessons; Vocabulary Banks; Manipulatives; Teacher Talk; Wait Time; Nonverbal Responses; Sentence Frames; Questions and Prompts for Different Proficiency Levels; Prompts to Support Student Responses; Student Grouping; Partner Talk; Students’ Choral Responses; Teacher Tips.

Principles for Mathematics Instruction - From Stanford University, principles for Mathematics instruction to ELL students

Topics: Effective Instructions for ELs; Effective Mathematics Instruction; Common Core State Standards; Teaching Mathematics for Understanding; Connecting Mathematical Content to Language; Moschkovich’s Principles.

Regarding the Mathematics Education of English Learners: Clustering the Conceptions of Preservice Teachers - Article from the Journal of Mathematics Education about teaching math to English language learners.

Topics: English Learners; Mathematics Education; Preservice Teachers; Mathematics Teacher Education; Urban Education; Interconnection of Language and Mathematics; Diverse Cultures.

Mathematics Instruction for English Language Learners - Tips for Mathematics Instruction for English Language Learners from Colorín Colorado.

Topics: Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP); Instructional Scaffolding; Academic Vocabulary; Written Math Problems; Building Background knowledge; Rephrasing Math Problems; Real World Examples; Manipulatives;  Student Language Production in Content Area; Technology; Resources.

Strategies for Teaching Mathematics to ESL Students - Tips for teaching ELLs Mathematics from Bright Hub Education

Topics: Adapted Lesson Plans; Manipulatives; Vocabulary Wall; Talk Aloud; Modify World Problems; Real World Problems; Connect with Other Subjects.

Promoting English Learners’ Geometric Reasoning - Article from the Educational Development Center (EDC) on Promoting English Learners’ mathematics skills.

Topics: Fostering Geometric Thinking Toolkit; Geometric Thinking; Reasoning with Relationships; Generalizing Geometric Ideas; Investigating Invariants; Balancing Exploration and Reflection.

What Teachers Need to Know to Assist ELLs in Mathematics - Presentation from NCELA about assisting ELLs in math.

Topics: FAST Math; Entry Assessment Mathematics Evaluation; Mathematics Achievement Success; Core Principles of Math Instruction; Five Dimensions of Mathematical Proficiency; Curriculum Components; Sheltered Instruction; Cognitively Guided Instruction; Balanced Literacy.

Understanding Language Initiative: Open Source Mathematics Materials for English Language Learners - Resources from Stanford University to help educators understand language and learning in various content areas.

Topics: Common Core Aligned Math Tasks; Principles of Math Instruction; Guidelines for Math Instructional Materials Development; “Language of Math” Task Templates.

Connecting Kids to Mathematics and Science (SEDL) - Professional development course designed to provide teachers in grades 4–8 with hands-on experience in integrating mathematics, science, and technology in the classroom.

Topics: Math; Science; Technology in the Classroom; Critical Review; Collaborative Tools; Community Resources.

DreamBox - Powerful strategies for teaching math to ELLs.

Topics: Intelligent Adaptive Learning; Personalized Level of Knowledge; English and Spanish Content; Engaging Game-Like Environment; Motivating Learning; Educator Development; Instructional Goals.

ESL/ELL Resources to Succeed in School - Helping English Language Learners Excel in School and Beyond. This webpage is available in English and Spanish.

Topics: ESL Education U.S. Facts; Student Resources; Vocabulary; Activities; Parent Resources; Researches, Toolkits, and Resources for Teachers; Laws and Regulations for ESL Education; Program Options; Adviser from Experts.

Science Education Articles and Teacher's Guides

NSTA Connecting Literacy and Science with NGSS and Common Core: Breakout B - English Language Learners - The Learning Center Online Advisors, through the National Science Teacher Association, has shared this collection of resources with you. You can save this collection to your personal online library.

Topics: Literacy for Science; Resources; Case Studies; English Immersion Science Classroom; Academic Vocabulary; Science Assessment.

BioEnergy Science Center Educational Outreach - The U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) has taken a novel approach to bioenergy education and outreach by targeting 4th-6th grades. BESC has developed lesson plans to educate and inform students about the basics of energy production and utilization.

Topics: Lesson Planning; Educational Objectives; Roadtrip Challenge App; Family Science Nights; Resources.

Choosing to Teach English Language Learners Biology - Presentation given at the National Association of Bilingual Educators, Dallas, Texas Hilton Anatole, February 24, 2017, 4:40 – 6:30 pm, by: Dr. Cindy Watson, Teach North Texas, Hannah Hintz, Denton High School, Mun Kyu (Kevin) Kim, Teach North Texas Pre-Service Teacher, Natalie Rivas, Fossil Ridge High School, Cecilia Rodriguez, Lewisville High School-Killough.

Topics: Recognizing Assumptions about ELs; High-Yield Strategies; Different Proficiency Levels; Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol; Group Work.

Best ways to teach science to English Language Learners - Alicia Johal, an 8th grade science teacher and curriculum specialist, shares her ideas on how to teach Next Generation Science standards to English Language Learners.

Topics: Cultural Connections; Science and Engineering Practices; Language Development; Exploration; Engagements; Arguing with Evidence; Model Usage; Critical Thinking; Wait Time; Support; Diversity; Equity; Crosscutting Concepts; Content Area; Performance Expectations.

Science curriculum tailored to English Language Learners - A science curriculum aligned with 5th grade state standards designed by Okhee Lee, New York University professor, to promote scientific inquiry among ELL’s while using language development strategies.

Topics: Student Achievement; English Proficiency; Equitable Learning Opportunities; State Science Standards; Science Inquiry.

Helping Secondary Students Develop Scientific Literacy - A post by Nathan Hall that discusses ways to make science instruction more accessible to ELLs, helping them gain confidence and connecting new scientific concepts to their lives.

Topics: Content-Based Instructions; Vocabulary Adaptations; Prefixes; Suffixes; Vocabulary Review; Prior Knowledge; Adapt Examples; Lecture Time; Personal Experiences; Outcome Prediction; Experiments.

Helping Secondary Students Develop Scientific Literacy Integrating Language and Content: Science for Dual Language Learners - This article reviews the impact of P-SELL curriculum (Promoting Science among English Language Learners) designed specifically for dual language learners in mainstream science classes. It is a good example of how adequate interventions and teacher support can make a difference for dual language learners receiving language support in mainstream classes.

Topics: Language Content; Language Learning; Learning Content; Asking Questions; Collaborating; Constructing Explanations; Arguing From Evidence; Promoting Science Among English Language Learners; Group Design; Curriculum Implementation Fidelity.

Strategies for Teaching Science to English Language Learners - California State - Northridge's Dr. Norman Herr on strategies for science teachers to teach ELLS.

Topics: Vocabulary; Listening; Key Terms; Closed Captioning; Visualization; Visual Literacy; Graphic Organizers; Interpersonal Strategies; Partnering; Think/Pair/Share; Participation; Outlines; Prior Knowledge; Clear Steps; Wait Time; Analogies; Language-Based Science Games; Picture Glossary; Root Words; Cognates; Word Wall.

Effective strategies for teaching science vocabulary - strategies for teaching science vocabulary to ELLS from the University of North Carolina School of Education.

Topics: Science Vocabulary; Thematic Patterns of Science; Hands-On Inquiry Instruction; Science Content; Student Dialogue; Interlanguage; Visual Clues; Visual Instructions; Text Cards Formats; Group Work; Word Lists; Word Banks; Words Games; Words Parts; Multiple Meaning Words; Graphic Organizers; Ideas and Strategies; Shared Vocabulary.

5 Key Strategies for ELL Instruction - Teaching Channel guest blogger Rebecca Greene gives 5 tips for teaching science to ELLS.

Topics: EL’s Double Challenge; Common Core State Standards; Next Generation Science Standards; Understanding Language; Integrated Content and Language; Scaffolding Understanding; Purposeful Grouping; Background Knowledge; Extended Discussion; Valuing Linguistic Difference; Resources.

Using Science to Develop ELLs' Language Skills - Colorín Colorado provides an example science lesson for ELLS on the elementary level.

Topics: Science Learning; Language Development Needs; Science and Language Learning; The Butterfly Curriculum; English Speaking Skills; Graphic Organizers; Circle Map; Activities; First Language Communication; ESL Science Curriculum; Explore Science; Resources.

ESL strategies for Mathematics/Science teachers - Presentation with tips for teaching Mathematics and Science for ELLs.

Topics: Math; Science; Think-Pair-Share; Reading; Suggestions; Oral to Written Transitions; Cross-Content Words; Culture and Worldview; SIOP Model and Modeling; Four Square Definitions; Concept Map; Language and Content Objectives; Lesson Preparation; Building Background; Comprehensible Input; Strategies; Interaction; Practice and Application; Lesson Delivery.

Using ESL Strategies to Construct Science Learning - American Museum of Natural History tips for using ESL strategies to construct science learning, by rade 6-8 ESL Science Teacher Adrienne Lopez.

Topics: Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners by Margarita Calderon; Curriculum Unit; Instructional Strategies; Think-Pair-Share; 4-Heads-Together; Modified Round-Robin; Engaging Students; Smart Board; Formal Application of Knowledge; Informal Application of Knowledge.