Helping the students understand the language and concepts of mathematics, especially algebra. Without a fluent understanding of algebra, the student will have vague and tenuous understanding of any higher levels of mathematics. The teacher needs to be patient with the students and guide them in language that they can comprehend and not use vocabulary or a teaching style that defeats their understanding of the mathematics.
A paper relative to my doctoral dissertation won a national award, bestowed by the Association of Teacher Educators. At that time, 1981, I was the only one in the South to receive the award. Doctoral dissertation: A Study of the Relationships Among Teacher Expectancy, Students' Perception of Teacher Nonverbal Behavior, and Students' Performance In and Attitudes Toward Mathematics