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Integrating Math in the ESOL Curriculum. MATH FOR ALL. This Curriculum is dedicated to Gail Macdonald. A dear friend and colleague whose passion and commitment to education helped many adults of Boston in English, Mathematics and beyond. She will be greatly missed. Program Mission Statement.

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This curriculum is dedicated to gail macdonald

This Curriculum is dedicated toGail Macdonald

A dear friend and colleague whose passion and commitment to education helped many adults of Boston in English, Mathematics and beyond.

She will be greatly missed.


Program mission statement

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Boston Public Schools’ Department of Adult Education is to provide a variety of high quality educational services to BPS parents, children, employees, and Boston residents to develop their educational status, political status, economic status and lives.


Boston public schools acceleration agenda for all students

Boston Public SchoolsAcceleration Agendafor all students

Algebra by Grade 8

Problem Solving Skills

English Language Learners acquire academic language mastery and fluency


Mathematical reasoning problem solving
Mathematical Reasoning & Problem Solving

  • Skill that most highly relates to economic success in the U.S.

  • Vital skill to negotiate the demands of every day life at home and in the workplace

  • Essential for entrance to post-secondary and/or training programs


Indicators of need
Indicators of Need

  • Math is part of everyone’s daily living, for example recognizing values of American coins and bills; balancing a checkbook; reading dosages on medicine etc.

  • Adult students need to help their children with homework.

  • Exposure to data, graphs, charts and schedules are everywhere. i.e. the news, the bus stop, school choice information


Adult ed learner survey why should math be taught in esol
Adult Ed Learner SurveyWhy should Math be taught in ESOL?


Second language acquisition
Second Language Acquisition

BICS - Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills

Typically takes 1 – 3 years to develop.

CALPS – Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency Skills

Typically takes 5-7 years to develop.

*research done on children;

very little on adults


Evidence of need
Evidence of Need

Observations from teachers at the Family Literacy Program and feedback from students have shown:

1. Students are not equipped to further their education due to gaps in their math vocabulary and concepts in English.


Math concepts are universal.

The language of Math is not.


The concept to lack of ability to transfer skills2 + 2 = 4 is universal.

The English expression two plus two equals four is not.


$32,400 to lack of ability to transfer skills United States and Canada

$32.400 Much of the world


Written numbers to lack of ability to transfer skills


Alternative long division
Alternative Long Division to lack of ability to transfer skills


U s money
U.S. Money to lack of ability to transfer skills


Measurement
Measurement to lack of ability to transfer skills


Word problems
Word Problems to lack of ability to transfer skills

Colleen had $697 in the bank. She purchased a new stereo system for $368. How much does she have left in the bank?


Strategies interventions
Strategies & Interventions to lack of ability to transfer skills

Scaffolding


Strategies interventions actively teach vocabulary
Strategies & Interventions to lack of ability to transfer skillsActively teach vocabulary

  • Classroom instruction

  • Word walls

  • Sentence Frames

  • Hallway posters


Strategies interventions use visuals
Strategies & Interventions to lack of ability to transfer skillsUse Visuals

  • Graphs

  • Charts

  • Models

  • Real objects

  • Manipulatives


Strategies interventions provide opportunities to work within a group to solve math problems
Strategies & Interventions to lack of ability to transfer skillsProvide opportunities to work within a group to solve math problems

  • Practice language

  • Teach one another

  • Learn from each other

  • Become more active learners


Strategies interventions1
Strategies & Interventions to lack of ability to transfer skills

Share cross-culturally that there are many ways to arrive at the solution


Content rich esol
Content-Rich ESOL to lack of ability to transfer skills

Research has shown that both Math and English can be learned simultaneously when learning focuses on math demands that adults face as parents, workers, and members of the community.


Strategies interventions use life skill math
Strategies & Interventions to lack of ability to transfer skillsUse “Life Skill” Math

  • Adding and subtracting to balance a checkbook or bank account

  • Read and write numbers

  • Use coupons (U.S. culture)

  • Read classified advertisements

  • Fill out forms

  • Read pay stubs

  • Comparison shop


The integration
The Integration to lack of ability to transfer skills

  • Math is already used in current ESOL curricula!!!

    Where else is math in the ESOL curriculum?

    Where else is math in every day life?


The integration1
The Integration to lack of ability to transfer skills

A formalized, progressive math curriculum will:

  • Provide vocabulary and definitive concepts to be taught at a specific level, and allow teachers to build on students’ prior knowledge.

  • Better prepare students for ‘Next Steps’ after their ESOL classes - employment, training, ABE, ADP, GED or college.


Developing the curriculum
Developing the Curriculum to lack of ability to transfer skills

The Curriculum will be Cumulative.

Example

Topic

  • Level 1 introduces the concept of graphs

    • Exposure to visuals

    • Creating simple bar graphs

      ex: # of students from each country

    • How to read and understand graphs

  • Level 2 continues exposure to bar graphs and introduces other types of graphs such as line graphs or pie charts.

  • Etc.

*** Each math lesson can be connected to and is within the context of language instruction. ***


Math concepts across levels
Math Concepts to lack of ability to transfer skillsAcross Levels


The curriculum
The Curriculum to lack of ability to transfer skills

  • The goal is to introduce math VOCABULARY – math abilities are an added benefit.

  • Exposure should be everywhere!

    • Posters in hallways

    • Guest speakers

    • Family Literacy connections

      • Books

      • Parenting activities


Resources
Resources to lack of ability to transfer skills

  • Curriculum guide

  • Children’s Books

  • Math Manipulatives

  • Sample Lesson plans

  • Supplemental worksheets

  • Excel with upper levels (computer lab time)

  • Websites


Resources1
Resources to lack of ability to transfer skills


The end
The to lack of ability to transfer skillsEnd


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