Monday, November 12, 2018

November #ELLEdTech Twitter Chat: Math

Not all students, however, love math like Rosalyn Yalow, a 1977 Nobel Prize winner, did.  English Language Learners in particular often have difficulty in their math classes.  Their lower levels of language proficiency can make it hard for them to be successful when have to solve word problems and then explain aloud or in writing how they got their answers.  As well, some teachers dislike teaching math because they do not have a solid grounding in the subject.

But it's crucial that teachers don't exhibit their anxiety when teaching math to their students, since their nervousness is often all too apparent to their students.  In addition, math is not, despite what many people think, a universal language that all students can easily understand.  How mathematical concepts are taught varies depending on the country you're in.  (For more info about that, please see my blog post Why You Need to Know How Math is Different in Other Countries.)

To help teachers help their ELLs learn math, the next #ELLEdTech chat will focus on Tech Tools for Teaching Math.  Please join Laurah, my co-host from Tools for Teachers by Laurah J, and me on Sunday, November 18th, to discuss this topic.  As always, the chat will start at 4:00pm Pacific, 7:00pm Eastern, and 11:00pm UTC time.  Below are the details.

Come join the next #ELLEdTech Twitter chat on November 18th to discuss using Tech Tools to Teach Math! | The ESL Nexus
Join us--all educators are welcome!  Source: The ESL Nexus
Schedule and Questions
7:00 = Introduction:  Tell us your name, location, level/grade and subject taught. #ELLEdTech
7:05 = Q1: What tech tools do you use to help your students learn Math? #ELLEdTech
7:13 = Q2:  How do these tools help students learn about Math?  #ELLEdTech
7:21 =  Q3:  What are the advantages & benefits of using these tech tools for teaching about Math? #ELLEdTech
7:29 = Q4:  Are there any cons or drawbacks teachers or students might have when using these tools? #ELLEdTech
7:37 = Q5: What advice do you have for teachers who want to use technology to help ELLs learn Math? #ELLEdTech

Directions for Joining the Chat
1. Log into Twitter on Sunday; the chat runs from 7:00 - 7:45pm Eastern.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #ELLEdTech in the search bar.  Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. The first five minutes will be spent introducing ourselves.
4. Starting at 7:05, @ESOL_Odyssey or @The_ESL_Nexus will post questions every 8 minutes using Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. to identify the questions and the hashtag #ELLEdTech.
5.  Answer the questions by prefacing them with A1, A2, A3, etc. and use the hashtag #ELLEdTech.
6.  Follow any teachers who respond and are also using #ELLEdTech.
7.  Like (click the heart icon) and post responses to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your answers to the questions in advance by using an online scheduler such as TweetDeck or HootSuite (and remember to use A1, A2, etc. and #ELLEdTech).  Links are encouraged, but use tinyurl, bitly, or to shorten your link so it can be included in your tweet.  Just click one of those links, paste the longer link in the app's box to shorten it for Twitter, then paste the shortened link into your tweet. If you have relevant images, we encourage you to post them, too.

Is this your first Twitter chat? Here are our rules:
1. Please stay on topic.
2. Please do not post about paid products unless explicitly asked.
3. If you arrive after the chat has started, please try to read the previous tweets before joining in.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet if you prefer -- we know the first time can be a little overwhelming!
5. Always use the hashtag #ELLEdTech when tweeting.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to "public." (And do remember that Twitter is completely public; that means anyone--students, parents, administrators--may see what you tweet.)

You are welcome to let your teacher friends who might be interested in joining us know about this Twitter chat.  And for more info about teaching Math to ELLs, you might like to follow my Pinterest board Math for ELLs, which posts resources, articles and ideas about this subject.