A primary purpose of the MELL project is to develop practical tools that improve the effectiveness of math instruction. MELL researchers are hard at work identifying successful instructional strategies and analyzing common trouble spots in English language learner (ELL) mathematics performance. MELL has developed several different types of resources for educators derived from this work, including sample classroom lessons, instructional guides and research briefs.

Classroom Lessons

The MELL Lesson Bank was developed in response to educator requests for sample lessons that model effective instruction in mathematics for English language learners (ELLs). The lesson plans provide examples from which teachers can learn to adapt their own lessons in ways that will support the learning of ELL students.

Lessons in the MELL lesson bank result from a collaboration between teams of educators from the five Texas State University System universities and secondary mathematics teachers from throughout Texas. Names of the original developers are listed on each lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to peruse all of the lesson plans and will likely get good ideas from each plan within the collection. However, certain plans will be more helpful than others depending upon which grade levels and math courses you teach. The grid below indicates which plans are most appropriate for teachers of specific grade levels and math courses. We encourage you to focus initially on those plans identified as being particularly helpful for the specific courses you teach.

Because these lessons were originally developed by teachers from different districts that use different lesson plan formats, you will see some differences as well as some commonalities across the plans. For example, some lessons use the “5E” format, while others use a “Hunter lesson cycle” format, while others provide step-by-step instructions for the teacher. We strongly recommend users orient themselves to the lesson format using this MELL Lesson Guide before using any of the lessons.

Looking for something from one of our MELL summer conferences? The Conferences page contains a wealth of training, research and best practice presentations and materials offered at the various MELL conferences over the years.

Classroom Resources

The MELL project is working hard to develop a number of practical products that will help teachers improve their skills and effectiveness with ELL students. These products include teaching guides, pedagogical (instructional) frameworks, vocabulary tools and more. Below is a list of the products currently available from the MELL project.

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Classroom Best Practices Framework | This instructional framework is based on classroom practices that contribute to successful math instruction of ELLs. The framework is organized into six components, each of which is comprised of a series of enabling instructional approaches that support student success. |

Math Spanish Resources for Teachers | The MELL Project Team has collected, reviewed and prepared a list of mathematics and language resources available in Spanish for teachers of ELL students. |

More Math Spanish Resources for Teachers! | More helpful web links, products descriptions, language translators, lesson plans and teacher resources for ELL mathematics educators. |

Teacher's Guide to Meaningful Math ELL Instruction (Grades 7-11) | This guide is designed to help teachers make mathematics more meaningful and understandable for the ELLs. The guide includes general teaching strategies for ELL math students and a detailed plan for teaching the ten mathematics objectives covered on the Texas 11th grade TAKS Test. |

MELL English/Spanish Math Terms | This guide covers 90 vocabulary terms found on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Exit-level mathematics assessment. Each term is provided in English and Spanish, along with a pronunciation guide. |

Matrix of Available Math ELL Professional Development Programs | An analysis matrix of mathematics professional development programs commonly used in Texas. The matrix also references 12 MELL-identified mathematics professional development programs that reference the six components of the MELL Classroom Practices Framework. |

Looking for something from one of our MELL summer conferences? The Conferences page contains a wealth of training, research and best practice presentations and materials offered at the various MELL conferences over the years.

Resource Library

The MELL team has developed a number of useful products over the last several years that are of interest to researchers, teacher preparation programs, professional development providers and educators alike. New resources are always being added. Please check back often.

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ELL Performance on TAKS: Using Data to Understand Student Needs | Presentation summarizing research on ELL student performance on Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) statewide standardized test. Concludes that significant differences remain in performance of ELL versus non ELL students, gender does not affect performance, and the number of years out of an ELL program does not cause diminishing performance. |

Summary of Math Professional Development Models Used in Texas | Identifies twelve programs of professional development in the area of mathematics that are prevalent in the state of Texas. Each program is summarized to facilitate a comparison between the various programs. Each summary includes a program overview and an in depth analysis. This product is especially relevant for math facilitators and staff development personnel. |

Available Math ELL PD Programs Brochure | Handy brochure-sized matrix of available professional development programs for ELL mathematics teachers. |

Analysis of Existing Math ELL Professional Development | Analyzes twelve MELL-identified math professional development programs referencing the six components of the MELL Classroom Practices Framework. Math facilitators and staff developers can use this product to select specific professional development when targeting various components of classroom practice. |

Two Analyses of Professional Development Models Used in Texas | Combines the Analysis of Existing Mathematics ELL Professional Development research and the Matrix of Available Math ELL Professional Development Programs in one document. |

Elementary Teacher Views on Needed Math ELL Professional Development | Summarizes the perceptions of elementary mathematics teachers regarding their professional development experiences and needed professional development to support the math instruction of English Language Learners. |

Secondary Teacher Views on Needed Math ELL Professional Development | Summarizes the perceptions of secondary mathematics teachers regarding their professional development experiences and needed professional development to support the math instruction of English Language Learners. |

Contemporary Practices In Math Preservice Education | Analyzes the math education components of teacher preparation programs the five universities of the Texas State University System. Analysis encompasses both the mathematics course requirements and the teacher education experiences provided through professional knowledge courses, early field experiences and student teaching. |

Addendum to Contemporary Practices in Math Preservice Education | Analyzes the math education components of teacher preparation programs of the nine Texas A&M University System institutions and the University of Texas at El Paso, University of Texas – Pan American, Abilene Christian University, Howard Payne University, and Texas Tech University. |

Best Practices Framework for Preservice Math Education | Checklist of guiding principles developed specifically to improve teacher preparation for teaching mathematics to the English Language Learner (ELL) and other special needs populations. |

Check List of Guiding Principles for In-Service Teachers | Guide adapted from the Best Practices Framework for Preservice Math Education research. Developed to enable in-service teachers to assess teaching strengths, weaknesses, and needs for further professional development in the teaching of mathematics to ELL students. |

Understanding English through Mathematics: A Research Based ELL Approach to Teaching | Study of research methods that are being used by in-service teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Texas Rio Grande Valley in everyday classroom situations. |

Math for ELLs in Elementary School: A Review of the Literature | Analyzes research and literature on Mathematics and English Language Learners. Identifies areas of consensus and discrepancies within the literature and research, as well as gaps and directions for future research. |

Math for ELLs in Middle School: A Review of the Literature | Analyzes research and literature on Mathematics and English Language Learners. Identifies areas of consensus and discrepancies within the literature and research |

Math for ELLs in High School: A Review of the Literature | Analyzes research and literature on Mathematics and English Language Learners. Identifies areas of consensus and discrepancies within the literature and research |

Looking for something from one of our MELL summer conferences? The Conferences page contains a wealth of training, research and best practice presentations and materials offered at the various MELL conferences over the years.