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## The Math Learning Center Blog

### Good Communication with ELL Families

Lisa Lord

Math opens the door to partnership with families of ELL students. One of my students recently said, “My daddy is real smart in math. He showed me how he does this problem. I showed him how I did it and he liked my way.” We have interpreters and we have translated materials, but even better, we have visual ways of doing the work. A picture is worth more than a thousand words for sure!

### Math Vocabulary – Another Language

Lori Bluemel

All students at my school learn the Spanish language all year long—the culture, how to speak, to understand, and so on. Another language they engage in all year long is the math language we use.

### Videos Inform Families About Bridges

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

Andrew Bishop, a fourth grade teacher in Mount Vernon, Washington, educates families about Bridges through video presentations. We think you’ll agree that they are very educational…and entertaining!

### April Is Math Awareness Month!

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

And this year the theme is “The Future of Predictability.” Students usually love the challenge of predicting a pattern, but the concept of predictability can extend into further explorations too. Try asking students to make predictions about future technologies or how mathematicians will help change our world. For more information, download the poster or visit www.mathaware.org.

### How Not to Hide Out in Plain Sight

Lisa Lord

Here’s what I learned when a colleague video-recorded my class recently: we teachers miss a lot! In the video I could see myself responding in great detail to one group’s work, helping them see what they’d accomplished and leading them on to the next steps.

### Predictions & Estimates

Martha Ruttle

The other day I received this question from a fifth grade teacher, referring to a challenge problem in the Bridges Student Book: "I would say this is too close to call. Anything other than wading knee deep into the computation will simply yield a guess, not a prediction. What do you think?"

### Constant Difference & the Number Line App

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

After teaching the Constant Difference strategy for subtraction to at least six different groups of teachers and students in third and fourth grade over the past month, I think I finally hit on a winning tool: the Number Line app. Here’s what I did.