Capstone Project Title
Zieske, A. Making the Language of Secondary Math Classrooms More Comprehensible for English Learners (2020) English Learners (ELs) typically score lower than native English speakers on standardized tests in mathematics partially because many math teachers are not equipped to provide language scaffolds for ELs in mainstream math classes. This project is a supplemental curriculum covering the topic of linear equations and graphing lines that can be used in any mainstream algebra 1 class. It is aligned with the 2007 Minnesota Academic Standards for Mathematics. The project consists of eight activities, both teacher and student versions, that provide language supports for beginning ELs (WIDA levels 1-3) to help them better interact with the mathematical content. This project will be implemented in a high school algebra class at a rural MN high school with students in grades 9 and 10. This class is typically the first math class ELs take which is taught by the math department. The goal of this project is two-fold: first, to provide language support to ELs in the mainstream algebra classroom; and second, to help math teachers create language supports for their ELs. Ideally, after implementing these activities, teachers will feel comfortable changing them to fit other topics in the curriculum.
Curriculum, ESL/ ELLs, Mathematics, Teachers/ Teaching
Zieske, Anna Olivia, "Making the Language of Secondary Math Classrooms More Comprehensible for English Learners" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 564.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects