Tip: Talk it Out!
How do I do it?
Model talking out/thinking aloud about math problems for your students. Use and post helpful phrases like, “If...then...” “If I know that...then I know that...” “I think I need to...” “The math tools I will need are...” The steps I will take are..." “I understand... but I don’t understand this part:...” Next, direct students to practice talking out a math problem with a partner, taking turns for a few seconds or minutes each. As students work individually, encourage talking out/thinking aloud about math problems and solutions problems. Hint: Provide ELLs with sentences starters to help them get started and feel comfortable with this useful technique.
Common Core Mathematical Practice Standard 1
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 1
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
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