This is the first of my #ShareMathEdResearch summaries. This is a work in progress. I welcome comments and questions on the format. Is it helpful? Are there other things that would be helpful to know? Are there some parts that aren't necessary? Is this a helpful summary for practitioners and the public? Etc. Article This … Continue reading Choosing Math Tasks for ELLs
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The big takeaway from this article is this: What is intuitive regrading teaching mathematics with English learners is often not what is best.
We investigated one teacher’s decisions in response to the difference between the intended meaning of a mathematical problem and her student’s understanding. The student—an English language learner—had a different interpretation of the mathematical scenario related to one particular clause in the problem that was, ironically, intended to be explanatory but ended up obscuring intended meaning and therefore impacted the student’s solution.