Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Catherine Miller, Honors Program Advisor


Algebra--Study and teaching (Secondary); English language--Study and teaching (Secondary)--Foreign speakers;


Inclusion in the classroom can be difficult for teachers, but it is essential for all students to have equal access to education while feeling included and engaged in the classroom. I am a senior in the Mathematics Teaching program at the University of Northern Iowa whose graduates teach secondary mathematics. I have chosen to focus my research on this topic to inform my future in student teaching and in my own classroom, I have decided to focus my research on high school Algebra One courses. Algebra One is the first high school level math class students will take, so including ELLs in my instruction during this course is especially important.

I want to explore how to include ELLs in my teaching and in the community of students in my classroom, which will require accommodations to my instruction. In the Algebra One classroom, accommodations may include how to physically set up my classroom, how to utilize math discussions, or how to adapt assignments and assessments. ELLs need to feel a sense of belonging and inclusion with their peers to learn. Inclusion of all students is a very important part of teaching, especially when some students feel separated from the class and content due to language differences, accommodations must be made for them. The students' abilities to learn in the classroom is very important, as well as their need to feel part of the community I create in my classroom. My research question for this thesis is: How can I create an inclusive classroom environment for English language learners in an Algebra One class?

Year of Submission



Department of Mathematics

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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