CIMA 2017 is only 5 days away and participants can plan their schedules here! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.
We’re going to continue our series with Susan Hemphill -she’s been a Math Specialist at ESC 13 since the fall of 2005 and in education 26 years. Her experiences include: teaching middle school Math, department chair, support Math teacher, district secondary Math program director and Master Math teacher in the Rice University School Math Project. She has worked with ELLs from her beginnings at Grantham MS in Aldine ISD until now and understands the need for practical strategies to support learning in Math. Here’s a little more about Susan’s session:
Q: First things first, what’s your name?
A: Susan Hemphill
Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?
A: It’s called, “Helping ELLs with Word Problems in Secondary Math.”
Q: If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?
A: We will learn about suggestions for helping ELLs with word problems in Math and rewrite some problems to provide a scaffold for learning. These ideas are based on the work of David A. Sosa and his book “How the ELL Brain Learns”.
Q: CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?
A: Stakeholders who would most benefit from my session work with ELLs in the Math classroom or support Math teachers.
Q: How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?
A: Our goal is not to change the word problem’s rigor but to make sure language does not hinder accessibility. We are also rewriting problems to provide a scaffold for ELLs as they learn language and Math.
Q: As a presenter, you get to attend CIMA, too. What excites you about the conference?
A: I am a self- proclaimed PD junkie! I love attending all conferences to look for new ideas, to make new connections to our work in Math, and to hang out with fun people.
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