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Textbooks: A scaffold for teachers.    Marcelle Good International HS @ Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY July 20, 2011. A few facts about my 9th and 10th grade students:.

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Textbooks a scaffold for teachers

Textbooks: A scaffold for teachers

   Marcelle Good

International HS @ Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY

July 20, 2011


A few facts about my 9th and 10th grade students
A few facts about my 9th and 10th grade students:

  • 100% are English Language Learners (from beginning to intermediate proficiency); they represent 20 different countries of origin.

  • Their reading levels in English range from pre-K through 7th grade, as do their reading levels in their native language

  • They have had between 2 years and 9 years of formal schooling by the time I see them, and fewer than 4 years of schooling in the US.

  • Some students have procedural mastery of algebra through linear equations, some students struggle with operations on single-digit integers.

  • All of them learn algebra together in 1 room.


One way to take a (really amazing) textbook and create a scaffold* for your students

A note on the scaffold: If a scaffold is unique to the task, it is not a scaffold, because students need to learn a new scaffold every time. Talk to me later if you think this is CRAZY TALK and you want clarification.


O ne page of the textbook continued on the next slide
O scaffold* for your studentsne page of the textbook (continued on the next slide…)


One page of the textbook with scaffolding chunk the text read aloud give a prompt
One page of the textbook scaffold* for your studentswith scaffolding (chunk the text, read aloud, give a prompt)


A piece from the same lesson
A piece from the same lesson… scaffold* for your students



A few closing thoughts
A few closing thoughts… ALL YEAR!!!

Jesse Johnson shared the good news of the fabulous CME Project Algebra 1 textbook with me while she was at PCMI last year.

Using this textbook changed my practice.

PCMI-ers: Share with your colleagues. You never know what is going to have an impact on someone’s practice.


I found this out yesterday, and subsequently hijacked the 5-minute short (thanks, Carol!):

BOWEN WAS ONE OF THE CO-AUTHORS OF THIS BOOK. When you read it, it feels like a mathematician wrote it.

For more information go to: http://cmeproject.edc.org/

If you have questions for me: [email protected]


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