Instructors: Megan Grube and Erin Oliver
Target Audience: Math Instructors and Interventionists Grades K-8
MSL is a 3 credit course that answers the question: What can I do for the students in my class who have difficulty with mathematics? The techniques in this course have been used by hundreds of regular and special education teachers to understand – and then teach – the students in their classes who need support. The emphasis in MSL is to first gain a deep understanding of how a struggling student understands key concepts, and then to build an intervention to address her thinking. The course includes mathematical explorations, techniques for investigating student thinking, ways to build learner independence, and approaches for making instructional teams to implement interventions.
- Identify common barriers to learning mathematics and strategies to help learners overcome these barriers
- Use whole class and individual assessment tools to identify particular learning struggles
- Make sound instructional recommendations based on assessment gathered from a variety of sources.
- Learn new instructional strategies for areas of mathematics that are particularly likely to cause struggles
- Understand the underlying reasoning – additive, multiplicative, and proportional – that supports mathematical thinking in the elementary school
- Be familiar and comfortable with a variety of alternative and/or student conceived algorithms for common problems involving number, especially related to fractions, decimals and percents
Text: Solving for Why: Understanding, Assessing, and Teaching Students Who Struggle with Mathematics, K-8 by Dr. John Tapper
|Date:||April 9, 2019|
Vermont Core Teaching Standards
Standard 1: Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
Standard 2: Learning Differences: The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
Standard 4: Content Knowledge: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
Standard 5: Application of Content: The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
Standard 6: Assessment: The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
Standard 7: Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
Standard 8: Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.