Why is achieving math proficiency so challenging for ELLs and their teachers? In the mainstream classroom, ELLs need extra opportunities and support to learn and practice math concepts and language, because they have:
And standard assessments often can't determine ELLs' true math knowledge (do their scores reflect a lack of math knowledge or a lack of math language?)
It's often not possible for schools to devote the 1:1 time that's needed to individualize instruction for each student. An adaptive learning program that responds to each student's unique needs, tracks progress, and incorporates best practices in ELL math instruction can help these students achieve math proficiency.
To be successful, ELLs need to be able to explore mathematical concepts in a way that's less language-dependent than other teaching materials and methods. Concepts are made more comprehensible for ELLs through the use of visual math manipulatives, which help develop understanding and skills through multiple modalities, promoting problem solving and critical thinking.
DreamBox Learning's interactive lessons are visual and hands-on, helping students develop a strong sense of number. They provide the "comprehensible input" ELL educators know is required, on which students can build a strong foundation and learn the language of mathematics.
DreamBox Learning's intelligent adaptive technology, using ELL best practices, can help ELLs close the achievement gap.