Mathematics is a language, and just like any other language, it is important for students to have a strong vocabulary in order to be successful. Math vocabulary is not just about knowing the definitions of words; it is also about understanding how those words are used in context. When students have a strong math vocabulary, they are better able to understand and explain mathematical concepts, solve problems, and communicate their thinking.
There are many different strategies that teachers can use to teach math vocabulary. Some effective strategies include:
- Use of the Freyer model to define and shoe examples.
- The use of matching including illustrations and drawings.
In addition to these strategies, there are also a number of professional development resources available to help teachers teach math vocabulary. These resources can provide teachers with new ideas for teaching math vocabulary, as well as tips and strategies for making math vocabulary instruction effective.
Downloadable Staff Meeting
The following is a downloadable staff meeting that you can use to provide professional development on math vocabulary. This staff meeting includes information on the importance of math vocabulary, as well as a variety of strategies for teaching math vocabulary. It covers:
Introduction to the importance of math vocabulary across schools
Strategies for teaching math vocabulary