History Assignments for ELLs

Last Friday I was assigning a group presentation to one of my classes on the responsibility for the First World War.  I was a bit nervous as the previous class had been less than thrilled at the prospect, and this class was full of ELLs, so I thought they would be even more resistant. Instead, they were thrilled by the assignment and began asking me if they could include videos, slides, all types of multimedia - essentially asking to do much ...

The Language of Mathematics

I often sit with students during breaks or after school, as most of us do, teaching and re-teaching concepts and skills that are not well understood. For some students it takes 5 minutes to clear up commonly held misconceptions while others require much more attention. In either case, I am always amazed how misconceptions are generated as a result of not understanding the language and notation of mathematics. Case in point: I was working with a math studies student yesterday on ...