Math: Diagnosis, Disabilities and Math Intervention

Course Number: EDU 5626 C01
Instructor: Beth Adreon, MA, CAGS
Location: Online
Dates and Times:  August 28 - December 15, 2017
Credits:  3 credits
Tuition: $950

Note: Please register online. Purchase order or payment of $950, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. Please mail check to the Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05701. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call the Center for Schools at (802) 770-7060.

Course Description

Participants will examine and define math learning difficulties and disabilities in students, and determine intervention strategies for students struggling with mathematics. Topics for investigation and a starting place for resources in three areas follow: research in math disabilities; Universal screening and diagnosis, and Assessment and Diagnosis of Mathematics Learning Problems / Disabilities; and Programs that address learning difficulties in math. How math instruction will change based on the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics will be a focus. This course will benefit K-12 teachers of mathematics and special educators. Course will be targeted based on participant needs and interest.

Enduring Understandings:

● Teachers understand how learners grow and develop (VT Standard 1).
● Teachers can use individual differences to ensure inclusive learning environments (VT Standard 2).
● Teachers work in teams to support individual and collaborative learning (VT Standard 3).
● Teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches (VT Standard 4).
● Teachers understand how to connect concepts to engage learners (VT Standard 5).
● Teachers use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth (VT Standard 6).
● Teachers plan instruction to support all learners (VT Standard 7).
● Teachers use multiple ways to encourage learners (VT Standard 8).
● Teachers evaluate and reflect on their practice (VT Standard 9).
● Teachers collaborate with others to ensure learner growth (VT Standard 10).

Course Objectives

Essential Questions:
● Who is the struggling math learner?
● Why is learning mathematics so difficult for so many learners?
● How can I identify the struggling math learner?
● How can I support the struggling math learner?

● Examine cognitive processing challenges
● Frameworks for Understanding Student thinking
● Develop intervention strategies and structures to support struggling learners

● Identify areas of processing for math students and where breakdowns may occur
● Identify intervention and differentiation strategies for struggling math students

Course Expectations

Large Project Due Dates:
My 13th Winter Reflection due October 1, 2017
Student Assessment Project due November 10, 2017
Final Project due December 15, 2017

Required Texts

Required texts are not included in the course tuition.

Abeel, Samantha My Thirteenth Winter. 2003.

Tapper, John Solving for Why: Understanding, Assessing and Teaching Students Who Struggle with Math, 2012

Common Core Mathematics Standards

Additional works supplied via PDF

For additional course information

Beth Adreon

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 770-7060

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