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Teach Math to English Language Learners

3 Credits
Explore research-based strategies and approaches proven to support English Language Learners (ELLs) in mathematics and language development. You will explore current research based strategies proven to support English language learners in both mathematics and language development. You will analyze mathematics teaching examples involving the development of academic language, the use of concrete materials and the importance of visual learning. Participants in this online course will collaborate with colleagues to connect current research and pedagogy to their own mathematics teachings practices and experiences with English Language Learners. All of the readings and activities are built upon the Common Core standards. Teachers may complete this course with or without students.

NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Paul Reimer

I believe in the power of ongoing, collaborative learning opportunities for teachers that develop usable knowledge and shared practices. I have been active in education for more than 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, workshop presenter, and designer of mathematics programs at the K-12 level. Currently I am a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University where I am exploring the relationship between teachers' beliefs, attitudes, and practices. My courses deal with issues that many teachers of mathematics have experienced. How do I best assess my students? How can I get students talking about math, and how do I facilitate that discussion? How do I get out of the textbook and into an engaging task that harnesses curiosity and makes use of critical thinking and reasoning? Developing shared practices around these ideas through collaborative reflection and support is the focus of our online community.