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Number Sense and Number Nonsense: Understanding the Challenges of Learning Math


   In 1.5, 3.0 or 4.5 continuing education units


Course Description:

Have you ever wondered why some students struggle at math and how some students seem to naturally excel at it? How do our students learn math concepts and computation? Professionals taking this class will learn how the brain learns or fails to learn math and how teachers can effectively plan interventions to help students succeed. Research findings, classroom applications and student case illustrations are provided to illustrate the best practices in teaching math. By understanding the difficulties children have in the areas of executive function, spatial sense, and how reading, writing and language disabilities can impact the learning of math concepts, teachers can anticipate learning problems and avoid them by using student-specific interventions. Students in your classroom will learn how to build a firmer foundation of number sense, improve their spatial skills, understand the language concepts underlying their math lessons and increase their problem solving and reasoning skills. They will have a better understanding of how to test hypotheses, use inductive and deductive reasoning, understand fraction concepts and improve visual and working memory. This class is appropriate for general and special education teachers.


Goals and Objectives

As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1. Understand the cognitive abilities needed for students to learn abstract and spatial thinking.

2. Learn how difficulties in reading, writing and language learning can impact the learning of mathematical skills.

3. Increase executive functioning and reasoning skills by improving students’ verbal and working memory, planning and sequencing, mental flexibility and self-monitoring capabilities.

4. Identify areas in which your students have difficulty learning math concepts and create student-specific research-supported interventions to improve those skills and apply them to their math curriculum.

5. Learn how to create formal and informal assessments to identify learning difficulties and  provide continuous feedback in order to plan immediate and appropriate interventions.



The required text is:

Krasa, N. & Shunkwiler, S. (2009). Number Sense and Number Nonsense: Understanding the Challenges of Learning Math. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.