Experts outline challenges facing math instruction

Hakansson said professional development coaches can help by collaborating with those who have ELL experience, in order to craft their coaching to include material and strategies on how educators can effectively teach ELLs.

Terry Faitel, a mathematics educator at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a TI T3 instructor, said using handheld graphing calculators is one way to engage all students.

“You have those kids for 60 minutes—you’ve got to be the CEO of those minutes,” she said, adding that teachers should have students using graphing calculators “from bell to bell.”

“That’s how the kids are going to learn,” she said.

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Faitel, who has conducted a number of TI T3 workshops, offered a number of tips and tricks for mathematics teachers using TI graphing calculators.

For instance, she discussed one lesson on quadratic equations in which the students did not know what a quadratic function was.

Laura Ascione

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