Math: Diagnosis, Disabilities and Math Intervention, Adreon, Spring 2020

Course Number: EDU 5626 C06
Instructor: Beth Adreon, MA, CAGS
Location: Online
Dates and Times: February 1 - May 5, 2020
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $975

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


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

Required Texts

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
(802) 770-8214

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague

Register online now!