Preparing Secondary Education Teachers to Work with English Language Learners: Mathematics
Anstrom, Kris; DiCerbo, Patricia ed.
National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education
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This report is one of a series of four reports examining the education of English language learners in mainstream classes. The purpose of this report is to heighten the awareness of teachers and teacher educators about issues concerning the achievement of second-level English language learners in mainstream mathematics classrooms. Information was gathered through a review of the literature concerning teaching English language learners, and site visits to a suburban high school that had implemented a team approach for working with English language learners. The report offers vignettes and guidelines for effective instruction, including problem-solving instruction, teaching the language of mathematics, critical thinking, assessment, and teacher preparation suggestions. It concludes that meeting the challenging goals of mathematics education can only be met if mainstream teachers have knowledge and skills in how to teach the increasingly diverse student population. The recommendation is that teacher preparation programs should more required training and practical experiences in multicultural education.