Intervention Strategies for Closing the Mathematics Learning Gap, Grades 1-6
2012 Cray Academy
2012 Cray Academy
Creating mathematical "aha's" for struggling students involves insight into students’ thinking and their current conceptual understandings or misunderstandings. This is done through our own curiosity of their thinking, the questions we ask, and listening to what they say versus what we hope to hear. It also involves knowledge of the vertical progression of key concepts. This helps us not only intervene when students struggle, but helps us prevent misconceptions from developing.
In this course we will examine a model for identifying and pinpointing conceptual disconnects, inferring their causes, and determining key experiences for closing the conceptual gap. To this end, time will be spent on mapping conceptual understandings related to key mathematics strands. We will also examine the use of conceptual language versus symbolic language to build understanding and success when problem solving.
Presenter: Sandy Atkins
Sandy Atkins is the Executive Director of Creating AHAs, LLC. An inspiring speaker, Dr. Atkins is committed to finding those "aha moments" when mathematical connections are made by teachers and students. Her sessions are thought provoking and practical. An educator for over 25 years, Sandy has extensive experience at the elementary to university levels. She received her Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1992 and has since focused on turning research into practice. With particular interest in effective mathematical intervention, Sandy currently works with school districts across the United States in developing conceptual understandings, or creating "aha's," for mathematics teachers and students in grades K-8.
Instructor of Record: Michelle Parks
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Attend all required days.
- Write a reflection page after each day's activities.
- Create a web/map of key areas of mathematics at their grade level.
- Create a concept map of current struggles their students have including disconnects and potential causes.
- Registration Fee: $40
- Session Fee: $150 for non-consortium members
- Optional Graduate Credit Fee: $200