## Reflection: ELL Students Math Goodies: Developing Proficiency with Signed numbers - Section 2: Activity / Application

On another of the tasks created for this lesson, I wrote a problem that began with the following phrase...."John and Diana deposited \$14 and \$20 dollars in the bank respectively..."

It turned out that some of my students did not understand the phrase because they did not know what the term "respectively" meant. I discovered this only after some groups had passed through this station.

This is just an example of how careful I need to be when writing up tasks for a class with ELL students. Common terms to us, may be completely foreign to them. Fortunately, once a safe atmosphere is established in the classroom, more ELL students will speak up and say when they don't understand something. A good thing to remember to do is literally state to the entire class, that you'd like that questions be asked if a term or phrase is not understood.

A classroom occurence with my ELL students.
ELL Students: A classroom occurence with my ELL students.

# Math Goodies: Developing Proficiency with Signed numbers

Unit 1: Number Sense
Lesson 4 of 8

## Big Idea: Students compete with thought-provoking tasks that improve their fluency with signed numbers.

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Math, Integers, Numbers and Operations, 8th grade math, positive and negative numbers, operations with signed numbers, math activities, 7th Grade Math
60 minutes

### Mauricio Beltre

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