Digital Strategies for Teaching the Language of Math

Strategies to support math academic language

Word Walls

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A word wall helps build the Math Communication and vocabulary skills that are necessary for problem solving.

Sentence Frames

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Sentence frames or stems can serve as language support to enrich students' participation in academic discussions.

Multimodal Instruction

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Instruction in multiple formats allows students to activate different cognitive skills to understand and remember the steps they are to take in their math work.

Growth Mindset Feedback

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Attributing results to controllable aspects (strategy and effort) fosters students' beliefs in self.

Direct Instruction: Math Vocabulary

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Knowing the language of math is critical because students must use this language to understand math concepts and determine calculations needed.

Student-generated Problems

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When students create their own number and word problems, they connect math concepts to their background knowledge and lived experiences.

Multiple Representations: Visual Representations

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Visual representations help students understand what a number represents as well as recognize relationships between numbers.

Explaining Their Thinking

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When students explain their thinking process aloud with guidance in response to questions or prompts, they recognize the strategies they use and solidify their understanding.

Error Analysis

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Analyzing incorrect worked examples is especially beneficial for helping students develop a conceptual understanding of mathematical processes.

Student Choice

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Providing students a voice in their learning is critical for making learning meaningful.

Real-world Math

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When teachers connect math to the students' world, students see how math is relevant and applicable to their daily lives.

Writing to Learn Math

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Writing that encourages students to articulate their understanding of math concepts or explain math ideas helps deepen students' mathematical understanding.

learner factors related to math academic language

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Language and literacy skills support many aspects of math problem solving.

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Geometric Reasoning involves using abstract thinking to define, analyze, and make arguments about shapes and spatial relationships.

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Algebraic Thinking is the ability to generalize, represent, justify, and reason with abstract mathematical structures and relationships.

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Working Memory, a component of executive functioning, allows a person to temporarily hold and manipulate information to apply in other processes.

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Reasoning is the ability to think abstractly, draw inferences, identify patterns and relationships, and apply logic in order to flexibly solve novel problems.

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Long-term Memory can store information indefinitely.

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Math Mindset includes learners' self-concept and self-efficacy beliefs as well as their mindset toward failure that shape their willingness to get involved with mathematics.

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Motivation is the desire and energy that guides behavior.

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A student's Math Learning Environment encompasses the opportunities provided by their home, school, and community that contribute to their development of math knowledge and skills.