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Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners

Designed for teachers who have had limited preparation for teaching mathematics to English learners, this guidebook offers an integrated approach to teaching mathematics content and English language skills.

 

SOURCE: John Carr, Cathy Carroll, Sarah Cremer, Mardi Gale, Rachel Lagunoff, Ursula Sexton, WestEd

Research

Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8

This Practice Guide, developed by an expert panel convened by the Institute of Education Sciences, includes five recommendations designed to help educators plan, apply, and reflect on problem solving in math, summarizing the research evidence and providing a level of evidence rating for each recommendation.

Overviews

Developing Proportional Reasoning

This multimedia overview offers an introduction to students’ development of proportional thinking and its relationship to cross-multiplication. It describes recommended instructional strategies for solving problems related to ratio, rate, and proportion, including buildup and unit ratio strategies, and illustrates examples of real-world context for such problems.

Classroom Video

Cross Multiply? Not So Fast

Eighth-grade co-teachers lead a class through activities involving ratios. Students use concrete materials, build-up strategies, and cross-multiplication to solve the real-world problems found in Ratio: Warm Up Activity, Build-Up Strategies Worksheet, and Build a Cafe: PowerPoint and Report.

 

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Improving Adolescent Literacy

This Practice Guide was developed by an expert panel convened by the Institute of Education Sciences. It is designed to address challenges in improving literacy levels in middle and high school and providing interventions for struggling adolescent readers. The Practice Guide offers a set of five research-based recommendations.

Expert Interviews

Designing Tiered Interventions

Listen to Don Deshler explain why some adolescents struggle with reading and the need for reliable student assessments and qualified specialists to provide intensive and individualized interventions. He also discusses why schoolwide teacher collaboration across content areas is essential for improving outcomes for struggling readers.

 

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