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High School Resources: Culturally Relevant Teaching

Minority & English Language Learners

  • Goals for Achieving Diversity in Mathematics Classrooms
    The author discusses building a framework for making mathematics truly accessible and inviting to a broad range of students.
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  • Bridging the Language Barrier in Math
    This article describes how action research was used to address the challenges of teaching math to ELL students. Research-based activities used in the classroom are described along with how students reacted to the activities.
  • Poverty: Teaching Math and Social Justice
    Article presents three mathematics lessons in a social justice setting. Student activities include budgeting, graphic data representation, and linear regression, all in the context of connecting, communicating, and reasoning about poverty.
  • Limited-English Proficient (LEP) Students and Math Understanding
    This article describes problematic issues that teachers and LEP students encounter, effective approaches for teaching mathematics to LEP students, and recommended learning strategies for LEP students.
  • "Weigh" To Go! Exploring Mathematical Language
    This article focuses on the dynamics of language in the context of mathematics. The interaction of everyday words and specialized mathematics vocabulary impacts students' development of mathematical understanding.
  • Zero: A Special Case
    Students explore the origins, development and special properties of zero. They also learn some important historical lessons about mathematics. Includes activity sheets and references web sites.
  • Mathematical Notations and Procedures of Recent Immigrant Students
    This article describes some differences in representations of mathematical concepts and procedures of recent immigrants. It discusses considerations for success of recent immigrants.
  • Using Student Contributions and Multiple Representations to Develop
    As an alternative to using vocabulary lists to introduce students to mathematical language, this article describes a way to introduce and use mathematical language in mathematics classrooms that draws on multiple representations and student language. 

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