ERIC Number: ED337037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Innovative Strategies for Teaching Mathematics to Limited English Proficient Students. Program Information Guide Series, Number 10, Summer 1989.
Secada, Walter G.; And Others
This program information guide describes two approaches, Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) and Active Mathematics Teaching (AMT), for teaching academic skills in mathematics to limited English proficient (LEP) students. CGI is based on four related teacher competencies: knowing how specific mathematical content is organized in children's minds; ability to make solving mathematical problems the content focus; ability to assess in what way students are thinking about the content in question; and ability to make instructional decisions. CGI allows students to receive basic skills instruction in a problem-solving context that is meaningful and fosters higher order thinking skills, and gives students a sense of confidence. AMT is a form of instruction developed by Good and Grouws that has proven effective in teaching large bodies of highly structured materials, such as basic mathematics skills. AMT is a structured teaching sequence typically organized into 45-minute lessons that include review (8-10 minutes), development of new content with controlled practice (20-25 minutes), and seatwork and homework (10-15 minutes). Suggestions for implementing CGI and AMT are offered, and sample activities to implement both of these approaches in the classroom are provided, including a pre-test and post-test. The activities comprise the bulk of the document. Contains 7 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.