Mathematical Thinking and Communication


All of our efforts are based on a commitment to access for students who are English learners to opportunities for productive engagement with mathematics.”

—Mark Driscoll, Johannah Nikula, and Jill Neumayer DePiper


Read a sample from the first chapter of Mathematical Thinking and Communication. In it, Mark Driscoll, Johannah Nikula, and Jill Neumayer DePiper discuss ways to create access to mathematics for English learners. You’ll be introduced to a design framework for creating access that includes four essential “ingredients”:

  • Challenging mathematical tasks
  • Multimodal representation
  • Development of mathematical communication
  • Repeated structured practice

These four design principles undergird the entire book and help make success for English learners possible within the learning and doing of mathematics.