Facilitating Activities with Math Language Routines: Optimizing Output (OUR Math 6-8)

Focus Area: Open Up Resources Math K-8

Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Phase: Targeted Support

Available July 2024


Mathematical understanding and language develop interdependently for all students and with appropriate scaffolding and instructional supports, students become agents of their mathematical and linguistic sense-making. By incorporating specific language-supporting routines for math instruction, teachers can support the math and language learning of all students, especially those who are in the process of learning English. In this 2-hour virtual activity planning workshop, participants explore the ways students can reflect on and revise the quality of their communication and problem-solving.


I integrate supports that enable all students to access key math concepts.


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity

Learning Experience

  • Define optimizing output in mathematics
  • Explore Math Language Routines and strategies that create structure and support for students to revise the quality of their communication verbally, in writing, and visually
  • Build a plan to use a math language routine or strategy in an upcoming lesson or activity