Tag Archives: STEM

STEM and ELT: Math Modeling Builds Vocabulary, Too!

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

When people first think of math modeling, the usually think of either bar modeling or Singapore Math Model Drawing, because it is one and the same. It is a method of visualizing math word problems and also a method of … Continue reading

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STEM and ELT: Performance Tasks for MLLs

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

Performance tasks can be more informative for teachers, students, and parents of all students—particularly multilingual learners (MLLs) of English—than standardized achievement tests, which are used for assessment and accountability purposes. This is because performance tasks can offer multiple opportunities for … Continue reading

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7 Back-to-School Tips for the STEM Teacher

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

Well, it is that time of the year again when students and teachers return to school for another year of learning, explorations, excitement, and, for some, the unknown: the unknown of a new culture, new friends, new curriculum, and new … Continue reading

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Thinking Tasks: Ensuring MLLs Understand STEM Content

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

I read a tremendous number of books, articles, and blogs on topics that cover math, science, STEM, and general content instruction, to name a few. Although many of these books are not specific to multilingual language learners (MLLs), I am … Continue reading

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The Video Game Model for Success in STEM

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

In education, we discuss at length growth mindset vs fixed mindset and how we want students to have a growth mindset, especially in math and science. We as educators often hear students say that they don’t have a “math brain” … Continue reading

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6 Effective Practices for Teaching STEM to MLLs

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

Teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math; for simplicity, I’ll use STEM in this article) to multilingual learners (MLLs) can be very challenging because STEM vocabularies can be very complex for even the native … Continue reading

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STEM and ELT: What I Learned From My TESOL 2022 Participants

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

The TESOL 2022 Convention in Pittsburgh was absolutely outstanding! The sessions, presenters, and keynotes provided a plethora of information, strategies, and insights into many aspects of language development, diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges and successes for English learners (ELs). But … Continue reading

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STEM and ELD: 2 Great Strategies for Building Vocabulary in STEM

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

Vocabulary remains a major factor in English learners (ELs) learning grade-level content.  Here, I share two strategies that will pave the way for your ELs to use their previous knowledge to acquire their second language content. Learning logs are a … Continue reading

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