From the Math Curriculum Specialist Team
Have you heard? In connection with Jeffco Thrives Priority #1: Our Learners, Our Future, some of our Jeffco schools will be implementing a new Math resource during the 2022-2023 school year!
Illustrative Mathematics (IM) is a K–12® core curriculum designed to give all students equity and access to grade-level mathematics — ensuring students are active participants in their learning. Teachers and students will be able to access the resource digitally through the Imagine Learning (formerly known as Learn Zillion) platform. Imagine Learning is an IM-Certified Partner, and the digital platform provides an interactive experience where students thrive through inclusive instructional routines, collaborative math discourse, and digital tools that promote thinking and reasoning.
Starting in the Fall of 2022, Cohort 1 schools will be diving into this problem-based curriculum. This curriculum aligns closely with ideas outlined in the Jeffco K-12 Mathematics Instructional Framework by engaging students through embedded differentiation, instructional routines, and math discourse that promote modeling and reasoning.
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ELL/Dual Language Team
English Language Learners (ELLs) need instruction in grade-level academic content, but they need that content delivered in a way that is both comprehensible and helps to develop English proficiency.
Fortunately, there are a number of strategies you can build into your lessons to support ELLs. They include:
Think about it. Classroom activities that build background knowledge and front-load vocabulary also expose ELLs to lots of academic language. That’s good! And the use of non-verbal supports like pictures, gestures and models make it easier for ELLs to follow the content of your lesson, which in turn allows them to process even more English. Finally, the use of sentence frames and word banks can help ELLs to answer class questions while at the same time giving them practice with English grammar and vocabulary.
Want to learn more? If so, the central ESL/Dual Language team has developed a series of Quick Start Guides to provide you with a fuller overview of these instructional strategies. Each guide includes a topic overview, useful tips, and color photos and illustrations of the strategies in use. You can find them here.
(And if you want to go even deeper, or if you have a question about a specific ELL, please reach out to your school’s ESL staff member or centrally-based ESL/DL Resource Teacher.)
Many of the benefits stated above are a reality in classrooms across Jeffco because of the success of the TechforEd program. This was a voter initiative that was passed to create an equitable and sustainable model for technology-enabled classrooms that prepare students to thrive in a connected, digital world.
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