How English Language Learners (ELL) boost math achievement
Overcoming challenges to math proficiency
Why is achieving math proficiency so challenging for ELLs and their teachers? ELLs need extra opportunities and support to learn and practice math concepts and language, because they have 1) Varying levels of English language proficiency; 2) Varying levels of academic math language, and Varying levels of math proficiency and the need for differentiated instruction.
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 using visual math manipulatives, which help develop understanding and skills through multiple modalities, promoting problem solving and critical thinking. DreamBox Learning Math’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.
Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ for deep personalization and assessment
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? With Intelligent Adaptive Learning, each student receives the right next lesson, at the right level of difficulty, at the right time. By integrating assessment and instruction, and best practices in ELL math instruction, DreamBox Learning© Math provides adaptation based not just on answers, but on strategies to help learners achieve math proficiency.