The MELL conference archive holds presentations from all of the past MELL conferences. Conference presentations often feature best practices for classroom application and instructional tools for educators along with new research findings. Because CDs of conference proceedings are a frequently-requested item, the MELL team has created this page where individual presentations can be downloaded.

2009 Conference

The 5th Annual MELL Conference was held in San Marcos, Texas, on June 29-July 1, 2009. Proceedings from the conference appear below.

Session | Description | Presenter |
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What Should We Know About the Culture of ELLs in Order to Improve Their Achievement on Math? | Discusses how some cultural issues of the ELLs students might hinder their performance on math and the help they could get from their parents with homework | Almarza, Dario - Lamar University |

Closing Session: Making Student Thinking Visible for English Language Learners | Explores how visible thinking weaves throughout teacher planning, presentation, and reflecting and how visible thinking strategies work to increase learning in mathematics | Balka, Don S. - Saint Mary’s College - Notre Dame, IN |

Paper and Straws and Candy, Oh My!!! | Guides teachers through creation of manipulative devices to aid the ELL student in topics like Pythagorean Theorem, Probability, Central Tendencies, PEMDAS, Circles, and Polygons | Bausman, Keith and Holly Pickett - Brownfield High School, Brownfield ISD |

You Can Take It To The Bank—Model Mathematics Lesson Plans For ELL Students | Discusses MELL model mathematics lesson plans filled with best-practices and connections to appropriate English Language proficiencies | Beck, John and Pat Curtin - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Westerners like their fish firmly dead: Fun and Useful TEKS and ELPS-Based Tips for Teaching English Language Learners | Provides junior high math teachers with activities and resources to assist them in including and encouraging English Language Learners fully in their classrooms | Beck, Jonna Kay - Texas State University Writing Center |

Teaching Fractions to ELL Learners | Discusses how to teach fractions to ELLs, including key terminology and phrases as well as models that can be used | Bos, Beth - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Motivating English Language Learners in Your Classroom | Reviews hands-on activities that get ELLs to participate and learn mathematical concepts of perimeter and area, adding integers and sequences | Bueno, Maria and Leonardo Gandy - Edinburg CISD |

Enhancing Student Engagement Through Cooperative Learning Strategies | Overview of a structured approach to integrating cooperative learning strategies in math instruction while fostering individual accountability | Davis, Barbara and Laura Duhon - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Apply TEA’s ELPS in Your Mathematics Classroom by Using These Hands-on Strategies | Explores strategies for applying the Texas Education Agency’s new English Language Proficiency Standards using a math-centered and language-integrated model activities for grade levels 5-12 | Fischer, Joyce and Robert Perez - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Explore Math at Many Levels by Playing With Chinese Checkers! | Explores an open-ended math problem based on a familiar childhood game that accommodates diverse learning styles, diverse grade levels of learning, and diverse mathematical topics | Fischer, Joyce - Texas State University – San Marcos |

Using Similar Figures in the Real World | Demonstrates how similar figures relate to the real world using SIOP strategies and kinesthetically stimulating activities | Gaines, Joel - Abraham Kazen Middle School, South San Antonio ISD |

Laying the Foundations of Geometry | Posits that the math ELL student needs to see and touch the mathematics through hands-on activities before thinking abstractly | Gerardo, Lolita - PSJA Memorial High School, PSJA ISD |

Ten Dollar Words (Literacy) | Discusses student activities that help students remember the meaning of significant mathematics terms and meanings | Grounds, Beth and Larry White - TSUS MELL Initiative Team Consultants |

Drive the Integer Highway to Success | Overview of hands-on activities that discover each operation, practice the use of the operation, and evaluate the understanding of the operation | Grubbs, Elizabeth - HJM Elementary School, Calhoun County ISD |

Hit the Next Level (Jr High) | Guides teachers through getting the most out of reluctant middle school students by incorporating simple, hands-on activities that tackle the most difficult of TEKS | Horton, Lisa - A Very Good Teacher |

Hit the Next Level (HS) | Explores the use of hands-on student activities such as “Picture-ingo” and “Text-It!” help high school students master difficult TEKS | Horton, Lisa - A Very Good Teacher |

ELL Classroom Observation Form: Usage with Fourteen (14) Texas School Districts | Overview of data gathered from 14 Texas school districts on effective use an ELL Classroom Observation Form to improve teaching of ELLs | Huerta, Candelario and Cecilia Huerta - Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi |

Making the Language of Mathematics Comprehensible | Examines hands-on approach applying strategies that can increasingly make the language of Mathematics comprehensible to ELLs | Huerta, Mary Esther - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Helping ELLs Master Vocabulary in Mathematics | Explores hands-on activities that enhance academic vocabulary in the content area classroom and emphasize the English Language Proficiency Standards | Jasper, Bill - Sam Houston State University |

Project PASS | Guides participants through creation of a plan to host a hands-on mathematics workshop for students that covers vocabulary, cognates, foldables, word walls, measurement and fun | Land, Candy and Amanda Richards - Brownfield High School, Brownfield ISD |

Getting to the Heart of the Mathematics: Using Graphic Organizers in the Secondary Mathematics Classrooms with ELLs | Considers how graphic organizers maybe used to simplify mathematics content and make mathematics more accessible for ELLs | Luchin, Beatrice Moore - NUMBERS Mathematics Professional Development |

Getting to the Heart of the Mathematics: Using Graphic Organizers in the Secondary Mathematics Classrooms with ELLs | Reviews how graphic organizers may be used to simplify mathematics content and make mathematics more accessible for ELLs | Luchin, Beatrice Moore - NUMBERS Mathematics Professional Development |

Using Mathematics and Technology in Grades 8-12 to Enhance Conceptual Mathematics Learning for All Students | Uses hands-on activities to illustrate various concepts in mathematics, including linear, quadratic, inverse, sinusoidal, and logistic equations and modeling | Mittag, Kathleen - University of Texas at San Antonio |

Mathematical Language: The Devil is in the Details | Explores how teacher assumptions and inattention to mathematical language and symbolism affect instruction | Molina, Concepcion “Como” - SEDL |

The Role of Teachers’ Conceptual Knowledge in Identifying and Addressing Language–Based Problems in Mathematics Instruction | Focuses on inadvertent and often undetected problems in mathematics instruction that are caused by inattention to the role of language, representation, and symbolism | Molina, Concepcion “Como” - SEDL |

Book of Knowledge: Not Your Mother’s Math Notebook! | Guides participants through creation of mini-“Book of Knowledge” about the Pythagorean theorem | Parish, Gwen - Springlake-Earth High School, Springlake-Earth ISD |

Apply TEA’s ELPS in Your Mathematics Classroom by Using These Hands-on Strategies! | Highlights strategies for applying the Texas Education Agency’s new English Language Proficiency Standards by exploring math-centered and language-integrated model activities for grade levels 5-12 | Perez, Robert and Joyce Fischer - Hanna High School, Brownsville ISD |

Working with Logic in the Math Classroom | Discussion of how to successfully address Objective 10 of the TEKS in the ELL classroom | Perez, Robert - Hanna High School, Brownsville ISD |

Fractals and Technology | Presents the use of technology to develop conceptual understanding of fractals and transformations | Pollard, Aliza - PSJA Memorial High School, PSJA ISD |

Opening Session: Preparing All Students for the Future Regardless of What Language They Speak | Discusses the mathematics all students need, and how language gets in the way of their opportunity to learn it | Seeley, Cathy - Charles A. Dana Center, The University of Texas at Austin |

A k’utz eats $3 of chibj per day…Strategies for Solving TAKS Math Problems When Students Don’t Know All the Words | Discusses why ELL students need a plan for identifying information, thinking logically about that information, and then finding an answer based on that information to properly understand math concepts | Svedman, Deborah - University of Texas at El Paso |

The Marriage of Language and Mathematics in Grades 7-10 | Discusses how to incorporate basic writing in English to explain specific math concepts and to help solidify understanding of those concepts | Svedman, Deborah - University of Texas at El Paso |

Teaching Measurement in ELL Classrooms Using Trade Books | Discusses ideas for incorporating math literature books (in English and Spanish) in lessons involving measurement | Taube, Sylvia R. - Sam Houston State University |

Weaving Geometry Into Algebra: Making Connections for ELLs in Middle Level | Models activities showing integration between geometry and algebra through growing patterns, inductive reasoning, manipulatives, and a strong language support | Taube, Sylvia R. and Lolita Gerardo - PSJA Memorial High School – PSJA ISD |

Allow ELLs to See and Explore Mathematics Using Geometer’s Sketchpad! | Explores how to use Geometer’s Sketchpad in teaching concepts, student discovery and assessment | Vega, Tina - James Madison High School, North East ISD |

Math Picnic: Polypopagons Served on Paper Plates (No Ants) | Hands-on transformation of rectangular pieces of tag board into polyhedrons that pop, circular paper plates into tetrahedrons and rampant use of geometry vocabulary | White, Larry and Beth Grounds - TSUS MELL Initiative Team Consultants |

Fractions: Friends or Foes? | Explores hands-on approach to understanding fractions and operations with fractions using Pattern Blocks and Fraction Islands | Wilkinson, MaryE - Lamar University |

Making ELL instruction Work for You | Experienced ELL educator shares a myriad of strategies for helping ELL students learn mathematics | Winsor, Matthew - The University of Texas at El Paso |

Helping ELL Students Bridge the Language Barrier in Mathematics | Shares action research-tested methods for helping ELL students bridge the language barrier in mathematics | Winsor, Matthew - The University of Texas at El Paso |

2008 Conference

The 4th Annual MELL Conference was held in San Marcos, Texas, on July 31 - August 2, 2008. Proceedings from the conference appear below.

Session | Description | Presenter |
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Algebra Tiles: Representing the Big Ideas | Discusses how algebra tiles can be used for working with operations and algebraic expressions, solving equations and inequalities | Balka, Don S. - St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana |

Cooperate, Investigate, and Process with Geofix Shapes | Discusses how Geometric solids and Geofix Shapes provide perspectives from which students can investigate and solve problems | Balka, Don S. - St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana |

Investigations and Activities in Algebra: Get Students Involved! | Presents a variety of games and activities for teaching order of operations, integer arithmetic, operations on monomials and binomials, solving linear and quadratic equations | Balka, Don S. - St. Mary’s College |

(Almost) 101 Activities Using Linking Cubes | Explores how to use linking cubes to help middle school students learn mean, median, mode, range, quartiles, fractions, ratios, bases other than ten, volume, surface area, orthographic and isometric views, etc. | Barnard, Jana; Talley, Cathy - Angelo State University |

You Can Take It to the Bank – Model Mathematics Lesson Plans for ELL Students | Examines model lesson plans filled with best-practices and connections to appropriate English language proficiencies | Beck, John; Curtin, Pat - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Using the Four Corner Model and Podcasts to Develop Algebraic Reasoning | Explores how students can develop podcasts to explain reasoning in solving algebraic word problems using the four-corner model | Bos, Beth - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Simple and Quick Language Strategies to Integrate in Your Mathematics Lessons | Guides teachers through an “Adding Integers” activity that applies language strategies to make a more comfortable learning environment | Bueno, Maria; Jasper, Bill - Sam Houston State University |

Applied Math for Middle and High School Students | Explores a number of activities used at the American School of Guadalajara to reinforce knowledge of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and the English language | Butler, Rhett B. - The American School Foundation of Guadalajara |

Enhance Your Math Projects with Freeware | Examines freeware (software that is available for use at no cost) that allows students to enhance math projects | Butler, Rhett B. - The American School Foundation of Guadalajara |

Enhancing Student Engagement Through Cooperative Learning Strategies | Models a structured approach to integrating cooperative learning strategies in math instruction | Davis, Barbara; Duhon, Laura - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Alternative Algorithms That Reach More Students Computationally | Examines how differences in learning styles makes standard methods for computing the four basic operations on numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, hard to comprehend | Fischer, Joyce - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Assimilating Math Activities with Research Best-Practices for ELL Success! | Explores hands-on, discovery learning math statistics activities such as: The Name Game and Go Fish! which involve contextual problem solving statistics topics such as data collection and analysis, and logic | Fischer, Joyce - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Opening Session: It Takes More Than Good Teaching | Examines the connection between theory and practice related to second language acquisition and the need to articulate high expectations in daily classroom instruction | Franco, Jose - Director, EQUALS, Lawrence Hall of Science University of California |

Helping ELLs Reach Their Potential: Using Thinking Maps to Assess Conceptual Understanding | Explores how to use thinking maps in Algebra I instruction to assess depths in mathematical understanding | Gerardo, Lolita - PSJA Memorial High School |

English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Integration in Math Courses | Provides an overview of the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) | Gonzalez, Georgina - Texas Education Agency |

Literacy in Mathematics | Reviews several ideas to increase the amount of writing and vocabulary use in the mathematics classroom | Graves, Robin - Miles High School, San Angelo |

Learning to Quilt | Teaches participants to use tangram pieces to create a pattern using their visual and spatial relationship skills | Hernandez, Lourdes - Klein ISD |

Facilitating Comprehension of Academic Concepts and Language | Examines how to differentiate general education math lesson plans to make content comprehensible for EL Learners using research-based strategies | Huerta, Mary Esther - Texas State University |

Using Manipulatives and Geometer’s Sketchpad Software to help ELLs Develop Mathematics Vocabulary | Presents hands-on activities that help ELLs develop mathematics vocabulary in the context of daily mathematics lessons, with emphasis Beginning and Intermediate levels of English language development | Jasper, Bill - Sam Houston State University |

The Digital Learning Classroom: Improving English Language Learners’ Academic Success in Grade Mathematics | Discusses the Round Rock school district Digital Learning Classroom Project, a technology initiative using Interactive Whiteboards to increase learning of English Language Learners in grades K-5 | Lopez, Omar S. - Corporation for Public School Education K16 |

Measurement in the Middle: Strategies for teaching measurement concepts in grades 5-8 to ELLs | Reviews how to design lessons that accommodate the needs of ELLs while still focusing on the math content needs as prescribed in the TEKS for mastering measurement | Moore Luchin, Beatrice - NUMBERS Mathematics Professional Development |

Connect Your Students to Real, Live University Students Using a Free MathNerds Mentoring Network | Overview of MathNerds Mentoring Network, a free (grant supported) web-based service that allows middle or high school students to ask questions of future math teachers in university courses | Mahavier, Ted - Lamar University |

Se Habla Algebra: Identifying and Addressing Language–Based Problems in Mathematics Instruction | Focuses on inadvertent and often undetected problems in mathematics instruction that are caused by inattention to the role of language, representation, and symbolism | Molina, Concepcion “Como” - SEDL |

Literacy Strategies in the Math Classroom | Guides participants through the creation of a Math Autobiography and other manipulatives using vocabulary terms for the attributes of circles | Pate, Mary; Whitaker, Susan - Lake View High School, San Angelo |

Using MELL Methods to Conquer TAKS Fraction Questions | Discusses research based activities from the classroom that demonstrate best-practices for using fraction rods to teach the four basic operations on fractions: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing | Perez, Robert - Hanna High School, Brownsville ISD |

Operations with Fraction Rods | Explores how to use fraction rods in order to teach operations with fractions in a hands-on fashion | Perez, Robert - Hanna High School, Brownsville ISD |

Promoting Higher Order Thinking Skills in the Math Classroom | Demonstrates specific methods and strategies incorporating content based research and problem solving using active learning methods | Perez, Robert - Hanna High School, Brownsville ISD |

Mathematics and Technology for Math English Language Learners | Discusses how ELLs need more tools to enhance conceptual understanding and the utility of technology to make success more attainable for ELLs | Pollard, Aliza; Silva, Becky - PSJA Memorial High School |

Hands-On Activities in Geometry for Middle School | Demonstrates classroom-tested activities that address the geometry TEKS in middle school using manipulatives such as geoboards, nets, and foldable 3-D models | Ramos, Miguel - Mission CISD; Garza, Alicia - McAllen CISD |

MATH: PDF (Percent, Decimal, Fraction) | Reviews problem solving experiences that model conceptual teaching and learning of percents, decimals, and fractions using Cuisenaire rods and the number line | Rhynard, Karen; Palermo, Janet - Texas State University, Round Rock ISD |

Let’s Do Algebra Tiles | Explores the uses and applications of algebra tiles | Richardson, Sandra - Lamar University |

Window Panes Functions and Formulas: Multiple Representations | Discusses how to use simple notebook paper to guide students to the discover the power of functions and their seven representations | Shanahan, Danica E. - El Paso ISD |

“But This Kid Doesn’t Speak English!” | Teaches participants how to present concepts to ELL students using both casual English vocabulary and technical terminology for instruction on fractions, decimals, percents, proportions, integers, probability, and more | Svedman, Deborah - University of Texas at El Paso |

Using Grammar to Teach Algebra & Other Unusual Approaches to Help ELLs Learn Math Algebra I | Explores how to incorporate basic grammar to demonstrate algebra concepts, use lollypops and laundry habits to solve equations, and ideas for relating familiar, concrete concepts to abstract mathematical ones | Svedman, Deborah - University of Texas at El Paso |

Closing Session: Math Chaos: Math can be Fun, Chaotic, Intriguing, and Magical | Includes math fun, math tricks, math magic, math humor, math card tricks, etc. | White, Larry; Grounds, Beth - TSUS MELL Project |

Fractions: Friends or Foes? | Models a hands-on approach for helping students understand fractions and operations with fractions using Pattern Blocks and Fraction Islands | Wilkinson, MaryE - Lamar University |

Helping ELL Students Bridge the Language Barrier in Mathematics | Shares action research tested methods for helping ELL students bridge the language barrier in mathematics, including activities involving word squares, group-work, journal writing, etc. | Winsor, Matthew S. - The University of Texas at El Paso |

2007 Conference

The 3rd Annual MELL Conference was held in San Marcos, Texas, on July 6-7, 2007. Proceedings from the conference appear below.

Session | Description | Presenter |
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Reach for the Numbers: A Mathematics Initiative for ELL Teachers | Discusses research-based instructional strategies and innovative class activities to bridge gaps in students’ mathematical knowledge | Balka, Don S. - St. Mary’s College |

Closing Session: Integrating Strategies for English Language Learners and Standards-Based Mathematics | Addresses the overlap of standards-based mathematics instruction and strategies for ELLs, including unique support for ELLs | Bay-Williams, Jennifer M. - University of Louisville |

Awake Your Students Interest, So You Can Teach Them Math | Explores how to awaken student interest in learning mathematics in a different language using the Problem Based Learning technique | Belén, Ana - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey |

Analytic Approach to Polygonal Area | Discusses how the area of polygons can be computed analytically using the Cartesian coordinate system, and how collegiate-level mathematics can be reduced to an elementary algorithm useful in grades 4-12 | Campbell, Elsie M. - Angelo State University |

Using Nets to Support Surface Area Formulas | Uses dimensions for prisms, cones and cylinders and nets as a way to reinforce where formulas come from | Carlile, Sheryl - University of Texas at San Antonio |

2007 TAKS Analysis | Provides detailed analyses of grade level TAKS data for the past three administrations of the TAKS | Das, Kumer - Lamar University |

TEA Limited English Proficient (LEP) Student Success Initiative | Overview of the Texas Education Agency's Student Success Initiative activities on behalf of LEP students | Day, Gina - Texas Education Agency |

Life-Savers, Logic, & Symmetry: Help your ELL Students Learn Math, Think Deeply, and Have Fun! | Examines various levels of a logical mathematical reasoning activity using active learning methods designed for middle school ELL teachers and students | Fischer, Joyce - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Remedial Reading Phonics Program Adds Remedial Math | Discusses the use of pattern as a way to affect student understanding of mathematics | Galindo, Patricia - Brownsville Independent School District |

Making the Connection to Find the Missing Links | Reviews the concept of translations, reflections and dilations using origami (hands-on), visual and symbolic representation, the use of graphing calculator, geometer sketchpad, and thinking maps | Gerardo, Lolita - Pharr San Juan Alamo Memorial High School |

The Great Challenge | Discusses constructivist strategies for improving and promoting successful mathematics learning | Gutiérrez, Ana Cecilia Hernández - Instituto Tepeyac, Campus Santa Anita |

Formula for Significant Learning: N…. + MET + E + REL= PROC. | Discusses the logical process, functional constructivism and strategies in the classroom as a foundation for significant learning. | Gutiérrez, Ana Cecilia Hernández - Instituto Tepeyac, Campus Santa Anita |

Learning to Quilt | Explores building geometric and spatial reasoning skills by using tangram pieces | Hernandez, Lourdes - Brownsville ISD |

Helping ELLs Learn Mathematics Vocabulary in Context | Addresses strategies for teaching mathematics vocabulary during mathematics lessons and resources to help teachers | Jasper, Bill - Sam Houston State University |

Looking From ELL Students’ Perspectives | Explores mathematics problems in computer-based modules with voice-over | Kang, Kyehong - Lamar University |

Opening Session: Numbers and Words, Words and Numbers! | Examines activities that integrate questioning, reading and communication skills into instruction to address the challenges faced by the ELL students in secondary mathematics | Moore Luchin, Beatrice - NUMBERS Mathematics Professional Development |

MathNerds – Mathematics Mentoring Networks | Explores the MathNerds.com student mathematics mentoring networks to promote the use of inquiry-based question-and-response pedagogies | Mahavier, Ted - Lamar University |

Cooperative Work in Mathematics | Analyzes the benefits of applying the collaborative work technique to facilitate better mathematics learning | Pacheco, Jhassive Tamayo - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey |

Literacy Strategies in the Math Classroom | Activity guiding participants through creating a math journal, writing a “dίgame,” vocabulary builders and creating foldable math books | Pate, Mary - Lake View High School - San Angelo ISD |

Understanding the English Language Through Mathematics | Explores a set of strategies to help enhance and develop the vocabulary and understanding of the English language through math | Perez, Robert - Hanna High School, Brownsville ISD |

Using Algebra to Build Your Dream Home | Guided activity where participants create a floor plan of their dream home and then use multiplication of monomials, binomials and factoring to solve areas of the home | Perez, Robert - Hanna High School, Brownsville ISD |

Do Your Students Know What You Are Talking About? | Explores mathematics and science as a language of simple didactic techniques that allow the students to differentiate, include, select, define, associate and incorporate math concepts into their daily life experiences | Plascencia, Maria Guadalupe Lomelí - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey |

Questioning and Multiple Representations to Engage ELLs in Mathematical Thinking | Shares a questioning model that offers opportunities for ELLs to become actively engaged in mathematical thinking throughout the lesson | Polnick, Barbara Polnick - Sam Houston State University |

Paper, ELLs, and Math! | Session uses a variety of foldable manipulatives to demonstrate a fun way to introduce math terms and vocabulary as well as concepts to ELLs | Province, Paul R. - Sul Ross State University |

Middle School Math From a Solar System Perspective | Using a tour of the Solar System to examine scales and ratios of planetary sizes and distances, and graphing sunspot cycles | Shupla, Christine - Lunar and Planetary Institute |

Division of Math Class | How to maintain students in a dynamic state during class by using activities that support their learning of mathematics through the questioning technique and collaborative learning | Solares, Fidencio Mendoza - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey |

TAMU’s Math TEKS Connections Project: Using Multiple Partnerships to Reach One Common Goal | Overview of the Math TEKS Connections (MTC) Project at Texas A&M, which has developed and disseminated a series of professional development modules for inservice and preservice mathematics programs | Stillisano, Jackie - Texas A&M University |

Student-Made ‘Study Guides’ to Help ELLs Learn Geometric Terms” | Describes and models how students created their own foldable “study guides” while learning about Origami | Taube, Sylvia - Sam Houston State University |

Fraction of Mexican Games | Shares interactive strategies based on the construction and manipulation of objects as a way to help students to deeply learn fractions | Vargas, Felipe de Jesús Tirado - Escuela Secundaria Tecnica # 144 Street, Guadalajara Jal. Mexico |

Mathematics in Nature | Discusses use of mathematical relations that exist in nature to foster student involvement | Vargas, Felipe de Jesús Tirado - Escuela Secundaria Tecnica # 144 Street, Guadalajara Jal. Mexico |

Math Activities – Literacy and Manipulatives | Discusses literacy and manipulative activities as well as lessons used in the classroom | White, Larry - Angelo State University |

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Fraction? | Examines activities that help students learn to handle fractions with ease | Wilkinson, MaryE - Lamar University |

2006 Conference

The 2nd Annual MELL Conference was held in San Marcos, Texas, on July 7-8, 2006. Proceedings from the conference appear below.

Session | Description | Presenter |
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Problem Solving Process Skills and 4th Grade English Language Learners | Investigates performance of 4th grade ELL’s in solving subtraction problems | Cuellar, Roxane - Texas State University-San Marcos |

How are Fractions, Decimals, Percents and Degrees Related? | Overview of relevant hands-on activities that can be modified for various age groups and special needs students | Davila, Anita - Los Fresnos CISD |

What's up with the weather? | Explores activities that promote math skills by recording, graphing, evaluating, and predicting the weather | Davila, Anita - Los Fresnos CISD |

Mathematics Professional Development that Empowers Teachers of English Language Learners | Discusses results of data collected from mathematics teachers with success in closing the gaps in ELL student achievement by improving mathematics learning | Fischer, Joyce - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Measuring Up! (Grades K-2) | Discusses how to implement standard measurement in inches and centimeters with ELLs in the lower grade levels | Garcia, Josie |

Connecting Algebra and Geometry for English Language Secondary Students | Models classroom-tested hands-on activities that integrate algebra and geometry and prompt ELLs to develop communication and logical thinking skills | Gerardo, Lolita - PSJA Memorial High School |

Mathematics Achievement Project: Partnering for Success | The P-16 Educational Improvement Consortium (PEIC) from Texas A&M University-Commerce overview their work with the Mathematics Achievement Project (MAP) | Gray, Peggy - Texas A&M University-Commerce |

Partitioning, Distributing, and Sharing | Shares functional strategies involved in the representation, identification, and application of the equivalent fractions contained in the elementary school curriculum | Gutierrez, Ana Cecilia Hernandez - Urbana No. 64, Guadalajara, Mexico |

Measuring Up II (Grades 3-5) | Teaches hands on activity where ELLs learn to use customary measurement after creating their own measurement tool in compliance with the TAKS | Guzman, Minerva |

Using Geometer’s Sketchpad to Help ELLs Learn Geometry and Measurement Concepts | Explores geometry and measurement lessons for ELLs using Geometer’s Sketchpad software | Jasper, Bill - Sam Houston State University |

Addressing the Mathematical Needs of Secondary ELLs | Highlights practical ideas and strategies designed to meet the specific needs of secondary (6-12) students of mathematics | Moore Luchin, Beatrice - NUMBERS Mathematics Professional Development |

Closing Session: Math: Sometimes a Not So Universal Language | An experienced educator's journey as a teacher, tutor, and supervisor who actively works face-to-face with ELL students of mathematics | Moore Luchin, Beatrice - NUMBERS Mathematics Professional Development |

Opening Session: Meeting the Challenge: Educating English Language Learners! | Lucido, Frank - Institute for Second Language Achievement | |

Integrating Technology into the English Language Learners’ Mathematics Classroom | Explores different ways technology can play a pivotal role in developing ELLs’ conceptual understanding of mathematics | Luna, Carolyn - John Kennedy High School, Edgewood Independent School District |

Inquiry-Based Learning for ELL Math | Discusses how the Moore Method can be used as an effective teaching strategy with ELL mathematics students | Mahavier, Lee - Mahavier, Gwinnet County Schools Georgia |

MahNerds.com: A Free Bilingual Resource For Answering Students Math Questions | Explores MathNerds.com, a leading free question-and-response service designed to help students with mathematics understanding | Mahavier, Ted - Lamar University |

Understanding the English language through Mathematics | Explores strategies to help enhance and develop the vocabulary and understanding of the English language through math | Perez, Robert - Hanna High School, Brownsville ISD |

Using Algebra to build your Dream Home | Highlights successful methods to facilitate original algebraic, problem-solving using real-world activities with diverse solutions delivered through a dual language method | Perez, Robert - Hanna High School, Brownsville ISD |

Latino English Language Learner and the Mathematics Perspective | Explores the history and needs of the Latino English Language Learner and instructional strategies to support learning in mathematics | Lopez, Noemi R. - Harris County Department of Education |

Teaching Mathematics in Spanglish | Mathematics teachers from Mexico share experiences at a Mexican high school where the Mexican students are learning English for the first time | Sanchez, Ana Belen Ibarra - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara |

Far-Out Math Problems: Middle School Math from a Solar System Perspective | Tours the Solar System to examine scales and ratios of the planetary sizes and distances, examining the geometry of eclipses and graphing the sunspot cycle | Shupla, Christine - Lunar and Planetary Institute |

Texas Math Initiative Training-of-Trainer Professional Development | Reviews research-based mathematics professional development materials being developed by the Texas Math Initiative | Stillisano, Jackie - Texas A&M University |

On-line Professional Development Courses for the ELL Mathematics Teacher | Introduces three on-line PD courses available to math teachers | Summerlin, Jim - Sul Ross State University |

Discussion of Scientific Based Research on MELL | Reviews scientific based research into the problems that English Language Learners have with the study of mathematics | Summerlin, Jim - Sul Ross State University |

Learning Stations and English Language Learners: Mathematical Success in the Elementary Classroom | Shares examples of learning stations and other resources from a project that focused on improving teacher understanding of mathematics content | Swarthout, Mary - Sam Houston State University |

De Tres, Tres | Demonstrates triangles and their theorems and properties as a way to stimulate student exploration and reaffirm knowledge | Vargas, Felipe de Jesús Tirado - Escuela Secundaria Tecnica # 144 Street, Guadalajara Jal. Mexico |

A Fraction of Mexican Games | Shares interactive strategies based on the construction and manipulation of paper figures to form fractions and their equivalents | Vargas, Felipe de Jesús Tirado - Escuela Secundaria Tecnica # 144 Street, Guadalajara Jal. Mexico |

Pre-Service Best Practices: A Checklist of Guiding Principles | Discusses research and findings leading to the development of a "Checklist of Guiding Principles" preservice instruction instrument | White, Larry - Angelo State University |

Teacher Share! Three key questions about professional development | Discusses research data on Texas school teacher perceptions of available professional development designed to aid mathematics instruction for ELL students | Wilkinson, MaryE - Lamar University |

2005 Conference

The 1st Annual MELL Conference was held in San Antonio, Texas, on July 7-9, 2005 in conjunction with the University of Texas San Antonio Mathematics Department, the Alamo District Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ADCTM) and the Intercultural Development Research Association as the International Mathematics and Education Conference. Proceedings from the conference appear below.

Session | Description | Presenter |
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Theoretical and Numerical Aspects of Delay Equations | Delay equations and the use of qualitative and numerical aspects of solutions are examined | Arndt, Herbert - University of Bonn, Germany. |

Reach for the Numbers: A Mathematics Initiative for English Language Learners (ELL) | Research-based instructional strategies and innovative class activities to bridge gaps in students’ mathematical knowledge | Balka, Don S. - St. Mary’s College |

TAKS Matemáticas/Mathematics: Strategies for Building English Language Learners’ Conceptual Understanding | Examines facts, skills, and processes necessary in building mathematical generalizations that demonstrate conceptual understanding in mathematics | Benson, Noelia C. - Harris County Department of Education |

Helping English Language Learners Excel in Mathematics using Technology | Explores a variety of graphing, data collection, and dynamic technologies and strategies for empowering English Language Learners in the mathematics classroom | Brown, Kathy - IDRA |

Building Academic Language in Mathematics for English Learners | Reviews current research and explore strategies that build a framework for accessing the mathematics curriculum for English Language Learners | Carreón-Sánchez, Sulema - IDRA |

Getting Students Hooked on Problem Solving | Examines problem solving content and active learning methods designed for middle school ELL teachers and students | Fischer, Joyce - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Preparing Teachers to Ensure Mathematics Success for Student English Language Learners | Qualitative and quantitative data collected from mathematics teacher training camps that demonstrate success in closing the gaps in ELL student achievement | Fischer, Joyce - Texas State University-San Marcos |

How can I design my lessons to make mathematics more accessible for language minority students? | Examines the Intro-Beyond Lesson (ITB) Framework through a sample introductory algebra lesson aligned it to the ITB Framework | Franco, Jose M. - University of California |

Acting Out Geometry | Examines classroom activities used in helping students identify and determine special characteristics of polygons using dramatics | Garza, J.M. |

A Quick Start Teacher Training Module to Support Mathematics Instruction for English Language Learners | Quick Start Teacher Training Module that is an on-line course designed to provide teachers of secondary mathematics with 11th grade TAKS assistance for English Language Learners | Grant, Marilyn - Sul Ross State University |

Dual Language, Making It work in Mathematics | Overview of the Sin Fronteras-Without Boundaries Two Way Dual Language Program being implemented at Ernesto Serna School in the Socorro District in El Paso, Texas | Guarny, Dora - Socorro Independent School District |

Moving beyond Stereotypes: The Complexity of Language in Teaching Latino Students Mathematics | Chicago public high school’s mathematics department success in getting its students to advance to calculus without giving up their cultural identities | Gutierrez, Rochelle - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign |

Effective Strategies for Teaching Mathematics Content to English Language Learners | A mathematics activity and the Academic Language involved in the lesson and implications for teachers’ classrooms is discussed | Hakansson, Susie W. - UCLA |

How ELLs Develop Mathematical Discourse and Content in Reform-Oriented Classrooms | Examines discourse development and content learning of ELLs in three reform based middle school classes | Hanson-Thomas, Holly H. - University of Texas at San Antonio |

A Closer Look at English Language Learners’ Performance on the Mathematics TAKS: What the Data Tells Us | Results of an analysis of the Mathematics TAKS data. Demographic and geographical factors related to TAKS success are considered | Hebert, Jaimie - Sam Houston State University |

Teaching Mathematics Concepts to English Language Learners | Hands on activities that enable ELL students to demonstrate mathematics proficiency by using non standard methods | Hernandez, Irene |

Mathematics Deficiency Among Incoming Students | Insufficient mathematics preparation of students entering college is examined | Hernandez, Myriam - University of Jose Antonio Paez, Venezuela |

Strategies that Address the Specific Learning Needs of English Language Learners in Mathematics | Analysis of the best practices in terms of mathematics content, pedagogy, and common field experiences that are associated with successful programs | Jasper, Bill - Sam Houston State University |

MELL ACCION (Active Curriculum & Content: Involving, Orchestrating & Networking) Plan | Pilot professional development plan, ACCION and the assessment of the program’s effect on student ELL learning outcomes from student and teacher viewpoints | Johnson, Chris - Texas State University-San Marcos |

An Analysis of Currently Available Professional Development Programs that Support Mathematics for ELLs | Analysis of various professional development programs that address issues and strategies related to ELL | Johnson, Chris - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Preservice-Inservice Collaborative Model for Middle School Mathematics Teachers | Results of a pilot test of new practices in preservice teacher education candidates to better serve the needs of ELL students in mathematics | Joseph, Dennis - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Harvesting Parental Involvement for English Language Learners’ Success in Secondary Mathematics | Examines ways to increase parental involvement for English Language Learner teachers | Leandro, Maria Socorro Leandro - IDRA |

Understanding the Latino English Language Learner | Discusses a description of “Who is the Latino English Language Learner?” and understanding the different ELL language registers that need to be taught and learned | Lopez, Noemi R. - Harris County Department of Education |

Moore Method for Successful ELL Mathematics Teaching | Techniques for increasing the success of an ELL Mathematics student in a mainstream class setting | Mahavier, Lee - Mahavier, Gwinnet County Schools Georgia |

MELL Quick Start Modules for High School Mathematics Teachers | Strategies, vocabulary, and problem-solving activities from the MELL Quick Start Training Module | Mahavier, Ted - Lamar University |

Contemporary Practices in Mathematics Preservice Education | Analysis of the mathematics education components in courses, field experience and student teaching of the teacher preparation programs provided for prospective elementary and secondary teachers | Miazga, John - Angelo State University |

The Effects of Literacy Strategies on Mathematics Performance | Description of a mathematics summer institute that emphasizes teaching of student literacy skills and increasing their understanding of mathematics concepts | Miazga, John - Angelo State University |

Helping ELLs to Understand the Language of Mathematics | Specific strategies and activities that explore how to assist ELLs with acquiring the vocabulary and reading strategies needed to be successful mathematics students | Moore-Harris, Beatrice B. - Project GRAD Houston |

Concrete Teaching: Laying the Foundation for the Understanding of Higher Level Mathematics Concepts | Examples of hands-on activities with a discussion about the teaching philosophy of developmental learning | Perez, Robert - Brownsville Independent School District |

An Analysis of Preservice Teachers Knowledge of Mathematics Competencies | A critical link in improving K-12 students' mathematics knowledge and skills is ensuring that they are taught by teachers competent in mathematics | Reese, Marianne - Texas State University-San Marcos |

Teachers’ Perceived Needs for Professional Development to Support Mathematic Instruction for ELLs | Summary of the Texas teacher survey data and focus group findings on the professional development needs of secondary mathematics teachers of English Language Learners | Richardson, Sandra - Lamar University |

Assessing Language Development and Mathematics Knowledge of English Language Learners | Strategies that address English Language Learners’ needs are examined, including student self-assessment, student interviews, and formal and informal language and skills assessment | Rodríguez, José L. - IDRA |

Synthesis of the Research and Literature on Mathematics Instruction for English Language Learners | Qualitative Meta Analysis of scientific based research and literature that addresses mathematical instruction for English Language Learners | Summerlin, Jim - Sul Ross State University |

Mathematics Learning Stations Project for Grade 2-6 Teachers | Teacher constructed Learning Stations Projects designed to target mathematical concepts and take into consideration language and other needs of English Language Learners | Swarthout, Mary - Sam Houston State University |

Comparison of the Mathematics Education System between Japan and the United States | Comparison of the precollege educational systems between Japan and the US will be given, pointing out advantages and disadvantages of both | Takikita, Masuzo - Japanese School |

English Language Learners and Heterogeneous Grouping in the Mathematics Classroom | Explores the range of benefits that heterogeneous groupings provide in maximizing mathematical understanding and development of cognitive academic language proficiencies | Zaske - IDRA |