How To Get Our At-Promise Students Reading in Math Class
By: Alex Kajitani
Over the years, whenever I ask teachers to identify their most challenging part of teaching math, without fail, their emphatic answer is the same: WORD PROBLEMS!
After hearing this countless times, I finally decided to create a workshop for teachers called “How to Connect Math & Literacy,” which offers creative, best practices for getting students reading, writing and speaking about the math they’re learning. And while all kinds of teachers have told me how helpful this workshop has been for them, I also know it’s especially critical for teachers of at-promise students.
For our at-promise students, the growing need to read complex text in math class can be potentially devastating, as they often lack the academic vocabulary and reading skills required to tackle such problems.
That’s why this month I offer you an overview of three of the main strategies I present for helping our students approach, decipher and reflect upon how to read in math class. These strategies can help at-promise students solve the problems that appear in textbooks, on tests, and in life.
A Review of “Visible Learning” by John Hattie (Part 2)
By: Glenn Walker
Growing up I looked forward to Saturdays. I got to sleep in late and there was no school. I also loved to watch cartoons. Supplied with sufficient quantities of Cap’n Crunch cereal and Quik Instant chocolate milk, I enjoyed watching the likes of Scooby Doo, Bugs Bunny, and Daffy Duck. But my all-time favorite show had to be the “Super Friends.”
For the uninitiated, the “Super Friends” was about a group of super heroes (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc) who teamed up to fight villains and save Earth from total catastrophe on a weekly basis. The key here is that their individual super powers weren’t enough. They had to work together to solve the problem. Even Aqua Man provided help. Don’t laugh. Communicating with whales comes in handy now and then, especially when you need to stop a wayward nuclear-powered submarine from colliding into Hawaii.
In last month’s issue I began a series of articles reviewing the book “Visible Learning” by John Hattie. To recap, we first looked at the role of the teacher and how critical the teacher is to the learning process. A teacher must also be passionate about the subject of learning. Please notice that I said learning.
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3rd Annual Policy Forum
November 14-15, 2014
San Diego, California
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Policy Forum November 15-16, 2013. Access Presentation Materials