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Supporting English Language Learners Inside The Mathematics Classroom: One Teacher’S Unique Perspective Working With Students During Their First Years In America, Amy Marie Fendrick May 2018

Supporting English Language Learners Inside The Mathematics Classroom: One Teacher’S Unique Perspective Working With Students During Their First Years In America, Amy Marie Fendrick

Research and Evaluation in Literacy and Technology

Reflecting upon my personal experiences teaching mathematics to English Language Learners (ELL) in a public high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, this essay largely focuses on the time I spent as the only Accelerated Math teacher in my school building. From 2012 – 2017, I taught three different subjects at this high school: Advanced Algebra, Algebra, and Accelerated Math. This essay highlights why I chose to become a math and ELL teacher, as well as the challenges, issues, struggles, and successes I experienced during my time teaching. I focus on the challenges I faced teaching students who did not share my native ...


Growing The Stem Teacher Workforce: A Focus Group Study Of The Career Considerations Of High-Achieving, Underrepresented, High School Students, Demetrice Smith-Mutegi, Jomo Mutegi, Crystal Morton Apr 2018

Growing The Stem Teacher Workforce: A Focus Group Study Of The Career Considerations Of High-Achieving, Underrepresented, High School Students, Demetrice Smith-Mutegi, Jomo Mutegi, Crystal Morton

Faculty Publications and Research

The low number of underrepresented minority teachers across all disciplines and all grade levels is a well-documented problem facing the nation. These disparities become even more pronounced when examining the STEM teaching workforce. According to a report produced by Horizon Research, Inc. (Banilower et al., 2013), only 8% of high school science teachers and 8% of high school mathematics teachers characterize themselves as non-white. The purpose of this study was to generate an empirically grounded understanding of three aspects of the career considerations of high-achieving, underrepresented minority students (career interests and barriers, the people and organizations that influence career decisions ...


Emphasis On Test Scores In Education, Lindsay Olson Jun 2017

Emphasis On Test Scores In Education, Lindsay Olson

Empowering Research for Educators

This article discusses how too much emphasis on standardized testing can affect student learning as well as teaching in the classroom. It includes a personal interview with a high school teacher as well as an article from the Washington Post regarding a study that was completed involving testing students.


Algebra, Calculus, And The Act, Alex S. Krysl Apr 2017

Algebra, Calculus, And The Act, Alex S. Krysl

Honors Theses AY 16/17

It is a common saying that “the hardest part of calculus is the algebra”. Unfortunately, I found that many students lack the necessary, prerequisite algebra skills and knowledge in order to utilize completely the novel calculus concepts learned. For calculus to be effective, algebraic manipulation presents itself as an essential precondition.

As an example, students apply exponent rules throughout the whole differentiation and integration process—like the power rule. For students who lacked a solid background or basis in algebraic concepts like exponent rules, factoring, rewriting equations, and graphing functions, I observed their learning taking place in the calculus classroom ...