Making Math Real Intensive Mini-Courses
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. I will be offering the following new structures to implement this new focus on the clinical development of MMR practitioners and all will be presented in a distance-learning format:
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. Although the courses that contain the content selected for the Intensive Mini-Courses provide sufficient coverage of the content, and are ready to apply directly with students, the Intensive Mini-Courses provide a slowed-down instructional delivery and increased time to focus on the respective concept-applications presented, which expands the time given to each Intensive Mini-Course content area from a few hours in the regular courses to up to 16 to 24 hours in the Intensive Mini-Courses.
Intensive Mini-Courses Provide Rare Opportunities for High Priority Content – Once Offered, Each Intensive Mini-Course May Not be Offered Again For A Long Time
My selection of content areas to present in the Intensive Mini-Courses is culled from all 12 of the Making Math Real Series of Courses. This means I intend to present a large variety of different Intensive Mini-Courses in the series. Please note that once an Intensive Mini-Course has been offered, it is likely not be offered again for two to three years. For example, three previous Intensive Mini-Courses offered in summer 2020, Long Division, Fractions On the Number Line & Decimals On the Number Line, and Decimal Long Division all of which are extremely valuable content areas will not be offered again for two to three years. Do not miss out on these rare opportunities. However, it is possible for a group of 20 or more participants to formally request a repeat offering of a previous Intensive Mini-Course through a Making Math Real Institute “If You Build It, We Will Come” by popular demand campaign.
Attendance in an Intensive Mini-Course requires participants to have previously completed or currently be enrolled in the course(s) from which the content has been selected. For example, for the two Intensive Mini-Courses scheduled for Spring 2021, Comparing & Ordering Fractions and Mental Percent Problem Solving, each course requires participants to have completed or currently be enrolled in Fractions, Decimals & Advanced Place Value for the Comparing & Ordering Fractions Intensive Mini-Course, and Pre-Algebra for the Mental Percent Problem Solving Intensive Mini-Course.
Since each Intensive Mini-Course requires participants to have already learned the baseline fundamental concept-applications in their respective regular courses, each participant should have their respective class notes for the designated content, and therefore, those class notes will be a part of the required “readers” for the course. In addition to the class notes, there may be additional materials/readers required for each Intensive Mini-Course. All such additional materials/readers will be provided by the MMRI by US mail prior to the start of each Intensive Mini-Course, and all of these additional materials/readers will be covered in the price of enrollment.* Please note that MMRI copyright policy does not allow for any form of digital files, so all materials/readers must be mailed in hard copy form.
Consequently, please enroll in the Intensive Mini-Courses as early as possible and at least one week prior to their respective start dates as this will allow sufficient time for material/readers to be mailed and received prior the start of each class. Enrollment will be open through the day prior to each Intensive Mini-Course however, participants who enroll at the last minute may not receive mailed materials by the start of class. Participants who request overnight services for mailed materials/readers will cover those costs.
* Materials such as manipulatives, colored markers, note taking paper, etc., are provided by each participant, not the MMRI.
The First Intensive Mini-Course of Spring 2021 Starts February 13
The first Intensive Mini-Course of spring 2021, Comparing & Ordering Fractions, is an invaluable opportunity for developing the understanding and applications of fraction magnitude and starts on Saturday, February 13, 2021. This Intensive Mini-Course is six 4-hour classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST from February 13-14, 27-28, and March 13-14, and will be presented via distance learning on Zoom. Please click here for a full description of the Intensive Mini-Course, Comparing & Ordering Fractions.
I have just published a new book in the Making Math Real Fractions Instructional Materials Series*, “Fractions III: Comparing and Ordering Fractions”, which will be the required instructional guide for this course. This brand new book will be shipped to you prior to the start of the class and is included as part of the course tuition. Fractions III: Comparing and Ordering Fractions is the result of many years of work and provides comprehensive structures and incrementation in the guided application practice for comparing, ordering, and rounding proper and mixed fractions mentally and for comparing and ordering proper and mixed fractions mathematically.
* The Making Math Real Fractions instructional materials series currently includes three books, Fractions I, Fractions IIA, and Fractions IIB
Enrollment in the Intensive Mini-Course, Comparing & Ordering Fractions, requires all participants to have completed or currently be enrolled in Making Math Real: Fractions, Decimals & Advanced Place Value. In addition to the new Fractions III book, please also bring your class notes on all of the comparing, ordering, and rounding fractions.
The Next Intensive Mini-Course of Spring 2021 Starts April 17
The next Intensive Mini-Course of spring 2021, Mental Percent Problem Solving, provides powerful mental math development in support of all percent problem solving including solving for part, total, and percent as well as percent change and starts on Saturday, April 17, 2021. This Intensive Mini-Course is four 4-hour classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST from April 17-18 and May 22-23, 2021, and will be presented via distance learning on Zoom. Please click here for a full description of the Intensive Mini-Course, Mental Percent Problem Solving. Please note, in addition to the significant benefits of all the percent solving structures included in this course, the mental applications of percent solving provide extensive synthesis integration of symbol imaging for the 9 Lines and fractions applications.
As part of this Intensive Mini-Course and prior to the start of class, all participants will receive by mail a specially prepared packet that provides examples of necessary structures and increments. The contents of this packet are representative excerpts from the forthcoming book: “Mental Percent Problem Solving”. Enrollment in the Intensive Mini-Course, Mental Percent Problem Solving, requires all participants to have completed or currently be enrolled in Pre-Algebra. Please also bring your class notes on all of the mental percent solving from the Pre-Algebra course.
NOTE: Making Math Real: Pre-Algebra starts February 6, 2021, and registration is still open for this course.
We hope to see all of you in the next two Intensive Mini-Courses,Comparing & Ordering Fractions and Mental Percent Problem Solving.
Please Stay Tuned for More Upcoming Full Descriptions of the New Making Math Real Institute Services for Clinical Development. Next Up: The Making Math Real Lab School Mentorship Program (LSMP)
Please stay tuned for the next full description of the new Making Math Real Institute Lab School Mentorship Program: the highest level and most intensive and comprehensive experience in helping MMR practitioners become complete clinical math educators.
Be well and stay healthy.
David Berg, E.T.
Founder & Director of the Making Math Real Institute
Creator of the Making Math Real Simultaneous Multisensory Structured Methods