Capstone/Dissertation Title

Using the TI-Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator with ELL, mid-level algebra students

Term

2013

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

English Language Learner (ELL) students present a unique challenge in the teaching of high school algebra. They are at the same time learning the English language and the sometimes confusing language of mathematics. Research shows that the use of graphing calculators may increase the comprehension of the difficult subject matter, while at the same time engaging the students' interest in math. I selected a small group of ELL students, and in understanding the students' need for visual and kinesthetic instruction, I modified my teaching by introducing the TI-Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator into the intermediate algebra curriculum. To meet my students' needs, I created a series of handouts (graphic organizers) and investigation activities (step-by-step instruction). The main objective was to see if NWEA MATH MAP RIT scores increased. The study time was abbreviated, resulting in inconclusive evidence however, anecdotal evidence suggests that student engagement and motivation increased.

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