Math Guidelines

Improve your Math materials & instruction for ELs with our free, comprehensive tool. The Math Guidelines are divided into five Areas of Focus:

I: Interdependence of Mathematical Content, Practices, and Language
II: Scaffolding and Supports for Simultaneous Development
III: Mathematical Rigor Through Language
IV: Leveraging Students' Assets
V: Assessment of Mathematical Content, Practices, and Language
Area of Focus III

Mathematical Rigor Through Language

Specification 7A

Materials have targeted opportunities for students to use and develop language functions while engaging in mathematical practices.

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Specification 7B

Teacher materials point out opportunities for students to evaluate and address mathematical errors, misconceptions, and clarity of communication.

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Specification 7C

Teacher materials provide opportunities for students to revise their own, peers’, and/or fictitious mathematical writing.

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Specification 8A

Materials consistently provide access to cognitively-demanding tasks.

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Specification 8B

Teacher materials demonstrate when and how to support productive struggle before intervening.

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Specification 8C

Materials guide the implementation of anchor charts, visual aids, models, and other resources for students to use as a reference.

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Specification 9A

Materials include prompts for teachers to cultivate and facilitate back-and-forth mathematical discussions between students that refer to and build on each other's ideas.

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Specification 9B

Materials provide explicit purposes for communication between students.

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Specification 9C

Materials allow for equitable participation and risk-taking in conversations.

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