Capstone Project Title
The one-way immersion classroom provides a unique environment for students to learn content through instruction in their non-native language. However, students in early elementary grades typically have not had enough exposure to the target language to maintain sentence-level dialogue. The professional development series designed for this project uses the concepts of growth mindset, cognitively guided instruction, comprehensible input, and comprehensible output to increase students' ability to process and explain their mathematical thinking in the target language. Both growth mindset and cognitively guided instruction have been used in classrooms for years, but there has been little research into their implementation in immersion classrooms. This project consists of five professional development sessions that will be used by participants to develop growth mindset teaching strategies, design math problems that are appropriate for their students, and provide scaffolding of teacher input and student output in the target language. The project will primarily be used for teachers in K-3 math immersion classrooms, but the comprehensible input and output strategies are adaptable across subjects as well as grade levels. The goal of this project is for participants to use their knowledge of their students' language and math abilities to create student-centered math problems and language scaffolding. Using these strategies can keep students processing and sharing their mathematical reasoning in the target language.
ESL/ ELLs, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Staff Development
Kulhanek, Kimberly, "Comprehensible Input And Output In The Math Immersion Classroom: A Professional Development Series" (2019). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 375.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects