This one-day workshop addresses how academic vocabulary affects students’ focus on the math concepts they are learning. Participants explore how Language Central for Math uses a research-supported teaching framework developed in collaboration with Jim Cummins to help English language learners and struggling students develop the academic vocabulary necessary to master math. They examine situations when the math vocabulary, not the mathematical concepts, hinder student mastery. Participants learn strategies that directly address this issue and reinforce the instruction given in the math classroom.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• Identify techniques for explicitly linking new math content to students’ background experiences and past learning.
• Analyze ways that questioning can be used to help build background for all students.
• Determine vocabulary-building exercises and techniques for emphasizing academic and mathematics vocabulary with students.
Educators, Math Coaches, Specialists, Administrators
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 30
NUMBER OF DAYS: 1