It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that teaching mathematics should greatly differ from teaching language arts. The subjects are usually scheduled separately in the school day. Classroom teachers at Munich International School in Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany, did not pay much attention to what language means to learning and teaching mathematics—until their geometry students offered language surprises that reminded their teachers how important language is.
Johnnie B. Wilson is the mathematics coach and curriculum coordinator for the junior school at Munich International School in Starnberg, Germany. His interest in mathematics and language developed through teaching and studying in California.