Math for Struggling Learners-2019 @ CVEDC Classroom
Jun 24 – Jun 27 all-day
Math for Struggling Learners-2019 @ CVEDC Classroom | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Instructors: Megan Grube and  Erin Oliver

Target Audience: Math Instructors and Interventionists Grades K-8

 June 24 – 27, 2019    8:30 – 4:00 pm    plus 2 half day follow up meetings in the fall Oct. 10 and Nov. 7

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.

Course Objectives

  • 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

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Instructors: Megan Grube and Erin Oliver

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.


Simplifying Fractions! Summer 2019 @ Montpelier High School
Aug 12 @ 8:00 am
Simplifying Fractions!  Summer 2019 @ Montpelier High School | Montpelier | Vermont | United States

Instructor: Betsy Allen. M.Ed., CAS

Dates: August 12 – 15, 2019 8:00 – 4:00 pm,  with Follow up dates Sept. 26 and Oct. 10 4 – 7:00 pm

Target Audience: Teachers Grades 3 – 8,  Special Educators, and interventionists

This 3-graduate credit course will explore the learning progressions and the standards progression of the Vermont Common Core State Standards along with current research on how students develop a deep understanding of fractional concepts.  Each participant will analyze student work to identify where students are on a learning progression, identify the common misconceptions, and then develop and plan next instructional steps. They will collaborate with other grade level teachers to strengthen and/or develop their fraction unit, including formative assessments and instructional strategies and lessons, with integrated technology.

Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will deepen their own content knowledge of fractions.
2. Participants will know and understand fraction content of the CCSS across grade levels and the shifts of content.
3. Participants will know the cognitive research about how children develop fractional concepts that is the basis for the learning progressions.
4. Participants will learn how to identify where students are on a learning progression and identify student misconceptions.
5. Participants will develop a variety of instructional strategies to promote student learning.
6. Participants will develop and/or strengthen a fraction unit of study and incorporate the use of formative assessments as an instructional strategy.
7. Participants will learn technology applications and games during the course so that they might incorporate them in their instruction.

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Fraction Syllabus Summer 2019
Fraction Syllabus Summer 2019
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About our Instructor: Betsy Allen is the District Math Coach in Essex Westford School District. Prior to this, she graduated from VMI and coached math at Hardwick Elementary. Betsy represented Vermont in several Smarter Balance Assessment projects.