As the students understood the language of math, their confidence, attitudes, and scores all began to improve. My research topic is the use of mathematical vocabulary and its implications in the classroom, namely improving understanding and scores. SourceThis shouldn't come as a surprise, but reading it online underscores my Mom's assertions:
There is a strong correlation between a student’s word knowledge and future academic success. Evidence shows that what students already know about a topic is a reliable predictor of how easy they will learn new information in that topic. Words are the tools students use to access background knowledge, to make necessary connections, to learn about new concepts, and to express those ideas in everyday life. In fact, the more terms you know about a specific subject, the easier it is to understand and learn new information related to that subject. One builds upon the other.
It takes a numeracy-rich environment for authentic vocabulary learning to occur. The power of numeracy lies in the empowerment of students; that is, students are given opportunities to use academic vocabulary in a natural setting and to recognize and appreciate how that term relates to the world both inside and outside the math class. Source: 10 Ideas for Vocabulary in Math
Thanks to the incomparable Eric Curts, check out his list of 18 YouTube
Below are 18 of the channels I found that are worth checking out for your classroom if you teach elementary level math. For my training I was shooting for grades 3 through 5, but many of these cover lower elementary grades or extend up into middle school. See the listvia Eric Curts' Control Alt Achieve blog
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