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FROM THE DESK OF DAVID BERG is a special blog that hosts an ongoing series of articles intended for Making Math Real's dedicated, long-term practitioners who have the coursework and experience necessary to understand the content of these writings. David Berg, E.T., is the creator of the Making Math Real Simultaneous Multisensory Structured Methods and Founder and Director of the Making Math Real Institute. He is an author, educational therapist, international lecturer, consultant, and professional development provider for universities, conferences, public and private schools, learning disabilities organizations, and SELPAs. During his 40 years in education, he has taught all grades from kindergarten through postgraduate and has worked nationwide with thousands of educators of all levels and students of all ages. In addition to being Founder, Director, and Creator of Making Math Real, David Berg is also an artist, musician, and composer.

Published on: January 10th, 2022

Looking Forward to the Next 25 Years, Part 6: Personal Transformations: A Celebration and a Request. In celebration of those steadfast MMR practitioners, who in addition to changing the lives of their students, have also experienced their own personal transformations, I am sending out the request to share your stories of having experienced powerful, personal transformations as educators, clinicians, math learners, and as human beings.

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Published on: October 26th, 2021

Looking Forward to the Next 25 Years, Part 5: Build Your Own Group Consultation Program (BYOG). The Making Math Real “Build Your Own Group” is a consultation-based program for groups of any size from individual participants to groups of any number. If forming a group of 2 or more participants, all group members must share a common baseline of completed courses, which will define the parameters of the content covered for each group.

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Published on: October 5th, 2021

25th Anniversary Special: The Problem With Word Problems – A Research Basis Part 1 Word problems, word problems, word problems – the most common requests I receive and the highest anxiety-causing mathematics – everybody gets so worked up about word problems! Throughout all the courses and over all the 46 years I have been an educator, many of you have heard me discuss the problem with word problems.

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Published on: August 24th, 2021

Looking Forward to the Next 25 Years, Part 4: Making Math Real Supervision Program. The MMR Supervision Program (distance learning format) is intended to support MMR practitioners at varying stages of their development. The Supervision Program is less intensive than the Lab School Mentorship Program and is structured to help practitioners successfully apply the MMR methods in correct alignment with students’ processing indications.

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Published on: March 16th, 2021

Looking Forward to the Next 25 Years, Part 3: Making Math Real Lab School Mentorship Program. In looking forward to the next 25 years, the MMRI, in addition to continuing its focus on providing and expanding the 700 hours of seminars currently available, will present a new focus on providing significant support in helping MMR practitioners maximize their development as clinical math educators.

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Published on: January 26th, 2021

Looking Forward to the Next 25 Years, Part 2: Making Math Real Intensive Mini-Courses. The Intensive Mini-Courses are for participants seeking maximum support for learning Making Math Real concept-applications. I created the Intensive Mini-Courses to provide additional opportunities for participants’ increased integration on specific MMR content areas that are critically important as fundamentals, and are extremely large in scope and incrementation.

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Published on: January 12th, 2021

Looking Forward to the Next 25 Years: A Focus on the Clinical Experience of Teaching Math – New Expansions to Services Provided by the Making Math Real Institute. Making Math Real is a Power Tool: Since 1996, expanding and evolving the transformative power of teaching math K-12…

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Published on: December 15th, 2020

RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Part 6: Overview, K-12 and 9 Lines Intensive Will Be Offered Online Summer 2021 At the time of this writing, a drastic surge in the spread of COVID-19 has precipitated another Stay-At-Home order from the state of California, so my hopes expressed back in August 2020 that we would soon be able to return to an in-person format for all the MMR courses have been dashed. Drastic times call for drastic measures…

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Published on: August 4th, 2020

RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Part 5: Update on the Status of the Making Math Real: Overview, K-12 Course. First of all, we at the Making Math Real Institute hope that all of you are staying healthy and safe and that the impact of COVID-19 will end soon. It is our highest priority to return to our normal structure of presenting our series of 12 courses in person at our two locations in Oakland, CA, once conditions of the pandemic improve to guarantee the health and safety for all of us.

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Published on: May 6th, 2020

RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Part 4: Making Math Real: Algebra I Offered in an Online Fomat As I mentioned in a previous blog, Making Math Real’s Response to COVID-19: Part 2, and based on the feasibility of presenting certain courses online, we are transitioning a number of our series of 12 courses to a distance learning/online format. One of these 12 courses that will be offered in a distance learning/online format this summer is Making Math Real: Algebra 1.

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