It can be difficult learning two languages at once. In the case of an English language learner, the two new "languages" are often English and math. Children in schools where most of the language spoken is not their dominant language have a number of additional challenges when it comes to math language. Educators who are cognizant of this fact are more likely to find successes.
December 12, 2018
This child successfully attempts to match geo-solids using triangular prism-shaped blocks. Focus on the Child videos are taken from one-on-one interviews with individual children. The interviews are designed to elicit evidence of children’s mathematical thinking. They are not teaching episodes or formal assessments.
In Count Me In! by Cynthia Weill we follow a procession of Mexican folk culture while exploring counting and math concepts.
This Spanish-language example of a rekenrek attendance routine demonstrates how one teacher can mathematize an everyday activity.
Preschool storytime is a great time to teach mathematics! In this video, two teachers use Ellen Stoll Walsh's "Mouse Count" to illustrate the concept of "less and more."
The sessions included an overview of foundational math concepts as well as hands-on early math games and activities for the classroom.
Students roll a die and mimic animal movements to connect counting words, visual number arrangements, and actions.
In this conversation, a teacher reflects on the successes and difficulties of a recent lesson. With a coach, she discusses the successes of the lesson, as well as details to improve on next time.
In this planning conversation, a teacher and coach discuss some of their ideas and concerns about a forthcoming lesson. With a coach, she discusses some of her ideas and concerns about the forthcoming lesson.
A student counts backwards and forwards on a number line with hidden digits.
In this one-on-one conversation, an English Language Learner in kindergarten explains his thinking while working through a number story about people getting on and off of the bus.