Hands on Activities that Buzz! Amy Serda-King The Learning Buzzamy@thelearningbuzz.com
Musical Meet• On an index card, write your name and email address.• On the reverse side of the index card, reflect on the following questions/sentence stems: – What is academic language? – Give an example/non-example of students engaged in deep discussions about mathematics? – One thing I hope to learn today is…
What to say instead of “I don’t know”• Accountable Conversation Questions –May I please have more information? –Will you please repeat the question? –May I please ask a friend for help? –Will you please rephrase the question? –May I please have some time to think?
Let’s Jump In!IntroductionsWhat is Academic Language & Discourse?Relational UnderstandingExperience Hands on Math ActivitiesTicket Out!
Today is about…“Learning to create multipleclassroom opportunities for studentsto acquire the academic language inthe math classroom throughdiscourse.”
What type of language does a student need to be successful in school? Social Language in L2 Academic Language Proficiency In L2Cummin’s Theory of SLA
Defining Discourse Discourse is described as a way of representing thinking, talking, agreeing and disagreeing. The way ideas are exchanged and what the ideas entail and as being shaped by the tasks in which students engage as well as by the nature of the learning environment. » NCTM Professional Standards, 1991
Relational UnderstandingFocus on relational Focus on understanding instrumental- Multiple links to understanding connect existing - Endless list of conceptual webs to isolated skills, new ideas concepts, rules, and symbols- Knowing what to do - Doing without and why to do it understanding Richard Skemp, 1978
Create the Greatest NumberHundreds Tens Ones 6 5 2
1) Select three cards2) Create the greatest number using base ten blocks3) Compare your number with a partner and say: My whole number is…4) Raise your hand if you have the Create the greatest number Greatest Number and say: I have the greatest number!
It’s Time to Conga• My whole number is…• I have the greatest number.
Conga Line• Comparing Whole Numbers – Content Objective: • I can use place value to compare whole numbers. – Language Objectives : • I can demonstrate listening comprehension by participating in a conga line activity.
What language opportunities surfaced within the activity?Listening Speaking Reading Writing
Math Activity Reflection Math Center Group ReflectionLanguage Skill L, S, R, WWhat languageopportunities surfacedwithin the math activity?What instructionaltechniques wereintegrated within theactivity that supportedstudent discourse?