Institute Course Descriptions

Institute Course Descriptions

It’s the TEACHING that ensures success, not the program.  You, the educator are the KEY to your students’ success.

The Making Math Real professional development course series for parents and educators provides the highest quality, comprehensive and scientifically based systematic simultaneous multisensory structured methods in mathematics, currently spanning kindergarten through high school geometry and algebra II, which is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards. In addition, Making Math Real is incrementally developmental, in which each new development follows directly from the content that precedes it, and is ideal for Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI).

The focus of all Making Math Real courses is on developing math comprehension through methods specifically engineered to foster students’ abilities to activate and sustain working memory throughout problem solving. Course participants learn to successfully guide students’ integration of concepts and their respective procedures while continuously developing the necessary cognitive tools for activating and sustaining working memory.

Optional units of credit are available for select courses at the low cost of $134 per unit, paid directly to California State University East Bay Continuing Education, on the last day of class.

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NEW! Distance Learning Online Courses & Intensives

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Spring 2021 course offering via Zoom:
Pre-Algebra  DL course

Spring 2021 Intensive mini-course offerings via Zoom:
Comparing & Ordering Fractions  DL Intensive
Mental Percent Problem Solving   DL Intensive

Making Math Real:  Overview, K-12
The Overview, K-12 course provides the necessary introduction to the structure and methods of Making Math Real to prepare educators and parents for the up to 680 hours of content courses that follow and is therefore the mandatory prerequisite for all other Making Math Real courses. The Making Math Real Simultaneous Multisensory Structured Methods are historically unprecedented and are the first and only comprehensive pre-K through calculus prescription for teaching that emphasizes integrating the development of executive function and working memory within every math lesson.

Making Math Real:  The 9 Lines Intensive
This essential course for parents and educators is a comprehensive, in-depth investigation that shows how to maximize the success of the 9 Lines strategy and to integrate it into the daily classroom or home experience.  This is the one and only Making Math Real course for learning and applying the 9 Lines symbol imaging mental organizer for developing automaticity with the multiplication facts. The 9 Lines is the most crucial Making Math Real unifying system for connecting elementary content to higher-level mathematics through algebra and calculus.

Making Math Real:  The 4 Operations & The 400 Math Facts
This course provides the essential foundation upon which all mathematics will develop: the 4 operations and the 400 math facts. These are the basis for cognitive development K-5, and all mathematical applications through algebra and beyond.  Over the course of 12 days, participants learn how to provide students with this crucial foundation in a dynamic, innovative, intensive, hands-on approach that makes learning successful, fun, and accessible for all students.

Making Math Real:  Fractions, Decimals & Advanced Place Value
Fractions and their related applications are required tools for successful mathematical processing through calculus. This course will provide you with effective, hands-on strategies that finally make fractions, decimals, and advanced place value meaningful and accessible for all students.  Continuing the development of the 2 strands presented in the Making Math Real: Overview, this 12-day course provides the essential bridge linking the synthesis of the 4 operations and the 400 math facts to algebraic processing and development.

Making Math Real:  Pre-Algebra
This 10-day course continues the sequence from the Making Math Real: Overview, 4 Operations & the 400 Math Facts, and Fractions, Decimals & Advanced Place Value courses, and provides the essential development for meeting the challenges of transitioning students from elementary math to algebra. Prior knowledge of algebra is not required.

Making Math Real:  Algebra I
This 10-day course continues the development from Making Math Real: Pre-Algebra and will complete the remaining components that comprise the full integration of algebraic law. All of the content in pre-algebra and algebra is about providing students with the integration of algebraic problem solving tools for direct application in higher-level mathematics, specifically, algebra 2, trigonometry, pre-calculus (math analysis), and calculus.

Making Math Real:  Algebra II
In the developmentally appropriate scope and sequence starting with pre-algebra, algebra II follows algebra I and high school geometry. The developmental focus of pre-algebra and algebra I is analysis and the developmental focus of geometry is synthesis, thereby making algebra II the first significant mathematical experience of applying analysis-synthesis to activate and sustain working memory for math.

Making Math Real: Geometry Part I
This course provides the comprehensive, simultaneous multisensory structured methods for introducing and teaching the concepts and applications of geometry for grades K-8. The developmental purpose of the content of Geometry Part I is to prepare students for the perceptual demands of high school geometry, most specifically for solving deductive proofs. Whether in second grade or in middle school, students need structured support from their teachers to help them become perceptually ready for success with any geometry unit or lesson. In Geometry Part I for Elementary and Middle School, participants will be provided with the specific, simultaneous multisensory structured incrementation to help students perceptually prepare for the unique cognitive demands of geometry, whether for teaching metric units, how to read the ruler, or how to understand finding the area of a trapezoid, and much, much more.

Making Math Real: Geometry Part II
This course continues the development from Geometry Part I for Elementary and Middle School and provides the comprehensive, simultaneous multisensory structured methods for teaching high school level geometry. Geometry is the mathematics of synthesis, and the focus of this course is on providing students with the requisite perceptual developments that enable synthesizing partially given information into a complete big picture. This means that within each unit, the structures for teaching all the content include the perceptual incrementation necessary for synthesizing part to whole in all the geometry content, especially for completing deductive proofs.

Making Math Real:  Kindergarten
This foundational course provides a 4-day intensive focus on the comprehensive scope and sequence for Kindergarten and the earliest developments of number sense. This seminar is important for Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade teachers.

Making Math Real:  Games!
Join Making Math Real for one of the most popular make & take courses. Spend two days having fun learning to make, apply and play high interest games to support the multisensory structured methods of Making Math Real at every grade level and across content areas.

Making Math Real:  Time and Money
This newly expanded 4-day course provides the comprehensive, simultaneous multisensory structured methods for introducing and teaching the concepts and applications of understanding the code of the clock, telling time on the analog clock, and problem solving with elapsed times as well as learning the names and identifying coins, counting mixed change, making change, connecting the concepts of place and place value of whole numbers to place and place value of dollars and coins, and using dollar notation for solving problems across the 4 operations with money.

Annual Summer Institute
Every year Making Math Real offers select courses from the professional development series for parents and educators during its Annual Summer Institute. The compact scheduling and consecutive order of the courses is ideal for parents and educators from out-of-town or local to the San Francisco Bay Area to enroll in any or all of the courses in the series.

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Making Math Real courses are especially designed for ALL of the following:

  • Parents
  • Educational Therapists and Learning Specialists
  • Special Educators
  • Elementary, Secondary & Community College Teachers
  • College and University Professors
  • Tutors and Instructional Assistants

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Courses for parents and educators are offered in Berkeley, CA throughout the academic year (on weekends), and in Oakland, CA every summer at the Annual Summer Institute (on weekdays).  Optional units of credit are available for each course at the low cost of $134 per unit, paid directly to CSUEB Continuing Education, on the last day of every class.


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