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Building Mathematical Comprehension Week 2

I'm back with Week 2/Chapter 2 of Lanney Sammon's Building Mathematical Comprehension book study hosted by A Teacher Mom! This week I took my book and highlighter to Starbucks so I could relax and learn like the cool kids. ;)

A Teacher Mom

Big Idea: This chapter is all about VOCABULARY! I am always really excited to learn about vocabulary strategies. We know that without a vocabulary background, our students struggle with content retention.  This chapter is so full of ideas that classroom teachers can use.  As I transition to a job where I'm working in small groups, I will have to look for ways to share these tools with my classroom teachers!

One of my favorite notes from this chapter explains that in mathematics, students encounter content-specific vocabulary that is rarely used in everyday conversation.  Not only is the mathematical language difficult, but the symbols in math make-up their own language.  Sammons shares we should teach these symbols using a process similar to learning sight words.

Ah Ha: This statistic saddened me. By the age of 4, more privileged children have heard 45 million words, while those less privileged have heard only 13 million words.

Question: This chapter is full of excellent ideas to help a teacher increase math talk and vocabulary instruction. I would love to see some real-life examples of effective Math Word Walls.  Anyone want to share a picture? :)

I really recommend this book if you are looking to improve your mathematics instruction. This chapter alone made the purchase worthwhile!

:) Happy Summer Reading

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing these great tips together with your teaching experience. I’m sure that this post will be helpful for all those who work with kids and teach them. Learning new words and terms that are absent on the everyday vocabulary can be difficult for young kids so it’s necessary to find an approach that’s gonna work for them. For example, they can make sentences with the new words to remember them better. Also you can try this option to explore your career opportunities!