Making Math Real: Time and Money

Making Math Real: Time and Money

4-Day Course  |  9:00am to 5:00pm daily
Registration Fee:  $799 for tuition & course reader
2 optional academic units  
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MANDATORY PREREQUISITE:   All students who enroll in this course must have completed the Making Math Real: Overview.

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.  It is designed and intended 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. Participants will obtain the experience, practice, language, and specific content relative to this course to be able to teach students effectively and use these practical techniques immediately in classrooms, private practice, and at home.   Additionally, course participants will learn the appropriate developmental scope and sequence to design and deliver a systematic, incremental curriculum and/or remediation plan for the content areas.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In addition to the mathematical benefits, the successful ability to understand and apply the fundamentals of time and money provides significant practical, real-world connections. However, the abilities to read the clock and work with money present learning challenges that are difficult for educators to address effectively.

The ability to read the analog clock presents unique perceptual challenges as the code of the clock requires multiple simultaneous decodings to correctly perceive the information expressed on the clock face: the relative lengths of the clock hands, the circular numeration codes of the hours and minutes, the simultaneous expression of the values of the hours and minutes based solely on the numeration code of the hours, fractional relationships, and concepts of elapsed time. Consequently, there are numerous students for whom the cognitive demands of telling time present a significant cognitive overload that can persist throughout adulthood.

The ability to successfully apply concepts of money also presents challenging cognitive demands that require substantial developments of self-regulatory executive functions that support working memory: planning, organization, sequencing, and the cognitive flexibility to shift working memory to count by multiple coin values. Additional challenges include the concepts and applications of making change, connecting standard notation to dollar notation, expanded notation to penny notation, and problem solving using money.

Through instructor demonstrations and hands-on manipulative-based activities, participants learn to structure the full codes of reading the clock, solving elapsed time word problems, counting mixed change, making change, and problem solving across the four operations with time and money for the grades K-5.

Topics include highly effective methods for teaching the acquisition of modifying and utilizing appropriate manipulatives for both teaching time and money, simultaneous multisensory structured instruction for telling time to the hour, half-hour and minute as well as word problem applications for solving elapsed time.  Instruction for the “Money” unit will include strategies to support students memory for identifying coins and their values, counting mixed coins systematically, and word problems involving money. Extension and enrichment activities are included for each unit.

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.

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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.

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