Making Math Real: Overview, K-12
2-Day Course | 9:00am to 5:00pm daily
Registration Fee: $399 for tuition & course reader
1 optional academic unit [see below]
WHY THE OVERVIEW? The Overview provides all educators, kindergarten to college, the pedagogical foundations and practical applications of implementing and maintaining a comprehensive and fully structured multisensory methodology in mathematics. This course is the mandatory prerequisite overview for all other Making Math Real courses and is not grade level specific. Participants will learn how and why this multisensory structured approach is powerful, successful, unique, and entirely different from the way math has been traditionally taught.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Making Math Real is an incrementally developmental methodology in which each current mathematical development directly builds the foundation for the next. Overview participants will learn to break math down to its concrete, core elements using hands-on, manipulatives-based activities demonstrated by the instructor. This course provides simplified, comprehensive foundations for a practical, systematic, and multisensory structured program in basic mathematics that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. It is designed for educational therapists, special educators, and elementary and secondary classroom teachers. Parents and those who consider themselves non-math majors are especially encouraged to enroll.
The Overview course will be divided into three parts: Pedagogy, Strand 1, and Strand 2. In the Pedagogy section, participants will learn the research-based background of cognitive science and theory that supports this multisensory structured approach. Emphasis will be on identifying and understanding all the phases of processing and their respective roles in successful teaching and learning of mathematics.
In the second section, participants will learn about Strand 1, Concept-Procedure Integration. Strand 1 emphasizes comprehension while constructing decoding and encoding of mathematical symbols and codes. Concept-Procedure Integration is divided into two parts that span k-12 instruction. The first part covers elementary school development and the second covers pre-algebra through calculus, and this course will address both. Concept-Procedure Integration for the elementary grades is fully hands-on and manipulatives-based, and is specifically developed through the systematic guidance from the concrete to the abstract. Participants will be guided through four hands-on content areas in which they will directly experience how it feels to teach and learn at the concrete, semi-concrete, semi-abstract, and abstract levels. Lastly, an additional emphasis will be on the transition to algebraic processing and development. In algebra, instructional focus must be on specific incrementation integrated into the scope and sequence for each content area. The demonstration of this specific incrementation will be modeled with a unit on integers.
In the third and final section of the course, participants will learn about Strand 2, Sensory-Cognitive Development. The second strand provides the methods for developing perceptual and associative tools for increasing processing fluency and retention. Emphasis will be on on the 9 Lines, a multiplication fact acquisition strategy that builds sensory-cognitive development.
Although it is possible to take most of the Making Math Real courses after completing the Overview we strongly recommend that the courses are taken in sequence if your calendar and MMR’s schedule of courses permits:
These techniques are designed to reach the full diversity of learning styles. Extensive color-coding is a critical element of the structure. Please bring 4 colored markers or pencils in blue, green, red and black.
Optional Academic Credit Costs & Registration: Optional units of credit are available for each course at the low cost of $134 per unit, paid directly to CSUEB Continuing Education. Credit registration forms, payment instructions, and the grading policy will be provided on the first day of class. All credit registration forms must be submitted with payment to the MMR instructor by the end of each course. No exceptions.