February 2013: During a facilitated session by AAIS partner David Holden, the 7-12 Math teachers in the Tyler (TX) Independent School District worked on helping students develop content area literacy (CAL) in mathematics. Here is a summary of the big ideas guiding this workshop:
- Students need to learn the content-specific vocabulary, but they also need to learn other, non-content specific vocabulary that will help them communicate their ideas more effectively.
- Students need to be active generators of language, not passive receivers of language.
- Incorporate STRUCTURED cooperative tasks that require students to share ideas.
- Students need to write to process information.
- Work to ensure that ALL students are actively processing information and are prepared to contribute during class.
AAIS is proud to partner with the Tyler Independent School District. If you would like more information on the work we are doing in Tyler, TX, or with our clients in other parts of the country, please send us a message via the contact page on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!