ESL Teacher Challenge: Math

Your teaching will be assessed by your ability to teach your 4th grade class of beginner ELLs to read and solve problems such as this one. They need to know all the elements involved here by January. Most of your ELLs read at a first or second grade level.

Your approach? Reaction?

It’s one thing to scaffold and teach the language needed to solve “problems like this”, but we all know the language per problem varies, often greatly. There is no shortcut of key words, though they can help; often it’s all we can teach as clues the students can hold onto. But it isn’t enough. I’m curious about your process or experience teaching math word problems to beginners.

I will provide my own suggestions and experiences of actually doing this as the lessons for this approach. Welcome to the new Common Core standards, friends.

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