Zearn Math supports ELL students in both the curriculum and the classroom model. Within all curricular materials, there are intentional language choices to ensure essential vocabulary is introduced, taught, and used, and all language is neutral on cultural context with low levels of idiomatic jargon. Additionally, each Independent Digital Lesson has embedded supports for ELLs, including frequent check-ins to monitor understanding of the concepts being taught, problem setup and solution paths that are supported visually and verbally by on-screen teachers, and personalized remediation paths with pictures and manipulatives that address misconceptions. Within the classroom model, ELL students are supported with daily Small Group Lessons that create a lower risk instructional setting than whole class instruction.
In addition to implementing the supports embedded in the curriculum and classroom model, teachers should also ensure the following additional supports are in place:
Whole Group Supports
- Carefully structure seating arrangements so ELLs work with a variety of learners.
- Prompt students to respond and show their understanding in different ways, including whole class response, written response, individual whiteboards, and sharing with a partner.
Small Group Supports
- Ensure implementation of the Zearn Math classroom model so that students learn in a small group setting, which create lower risk instructional setting than whole class instruction.
- Seat students so ELLs work with a variety of learners.
- Ensure essential vocabulary is intentionally introduced, taught, and used; all Zearn Math Small Group Lessons have intentional language choices within the Small Group Lesson to support ELLs.
- Ensure all language is neutral on cultural context with low levels of idiomatic jargon.
- Provide frequent checks for understanding and encourage direct feedback from peers.
- Allow students to work with concrete manipulatives to model and explain their thinking.
- Ensure students have the daily opportunity to learn from peers’ reasoning and discuss their own math reasoning aloud.
Independent Digital Lesson Supports
- Support students in working through Independent Digital Lessons at their own pace. When working at their own pace, students have the opportunity to learn new concepts with problem setup and solution paths that are supported visually and verbally by on-screen teachers, and receive personalized remediation paths with pictures and manipulatives that address misconceptions. Students should continue to work at their own pace even if they take longer to finish an Independent Digital Lesson than other students.
- Ensure students are familiar with the Audio buttons in each Independent Digital Lesson that can read text aloud to students. If your students would like that text read out loud to them in another language, we recommend using Google Chrome and their Dictation plug-in. Instructions to use this plug-in can be found in this article.
- Ensure students are familiar with the video player in Independent Digital Lesson that can be paused and rewound so students can view the video again.
- Check Student Notes to review how students are representing their thinking.
- Provide students with access to concrete manipulatives to use while they engage in Independent Digital Lessons.
Teachers can download our Small Group Materials from their Mission page, and can access the translated modules here.