10 Ways to Help ELLs Succeed in Math

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When it comes to learning math, English language learners (ELLs) have a unique challenge. Unlike most English-speaking students, ELLs have the task of learning a second language and learning content simultaneously. Click the article below to learn some strategies about how to best help ELLs in the math classroom.

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/10-ways-help-ells-succeed-math

Ngaiza’s Methods for Learning Double Negative’s

Here is a little humor pointing to the importance of teaching discipline-specific content language.

Not only is this concept opposite English and difficult for ESL students, it is a tough concept to teach all students. For strategies to teach this confusing concept I use the approach:

“If you take the NEGATIVITY (-) OUT OF (-) your life, then you are POSITIVE.

As well as, “If your friend allowed you to borrow $5 dollars and you go to pay her back and she TAKES AWAY (-) what you OWE (-) and says don’t worry about paying her back then that is positive money!

For example:

I owe Jakiya $5 and in my pocket is $3 extra dollars. Here is my number sentence:

$3 – (-$5) = $??

$3 + $5 = $8

I get to take away that I owe 5 and keep that money because my friend said I didn’t have to pay her back!

Another strategy is to put a circle around the two negatives and make a smiley face–my students call this the “smiley face” method. When they see two negatives next to each other they make the eyes into positives and add a smile to show the two negatives next to each other become a positive.

Source: Learning English