I've had many parents question the time I would spend practicing math facts with my class. It may seem a little "old school" to spend time working on memorizing math facts; but, math fact fluency, or the ability to recall the answer to math facts quickly and with out mental calculation, is an important foundational skill for academic success.
1. Math fact fluency paves the way for developing higher order math skills
When students are able to use memorized math facts to aut
ELLs, or English language learners, have an extra challenge in our classrooms. Not only do they need to learn the curriculum, but they also have to simultaneously learn English. There are several helpful strategies that we can employ to assist ELLs on their journey.
1. Use Visuals
Visuals can help explain vocabulary words and give context to a lesson. Use relevant visuals along with oral explanations to boost comprehension for ELLs, students who struggle with vocabulary,