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Multisensory Math: Teaching Mathematics in a Standards-Based Curriculum

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

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Marilyn Zecher’s workshop addresses the foundations of mathematical literacy as recommended in standards-based curricula. The program includes demonstration of strategies for teaching subitizing and numeracy, place value, four basic operations, fractions and decimal fractions along with linkages to the conceptual hierarchy of skills impacting higher math.

All teaching strategies and explicit language are appropriate for use with any curriculum or program which is evidence based. The instructional sequence Concrete-Representational-Abstract will be modeled with explicit instructional language which enhances student comprehension. Participants will practice strategies and corresponding language using manipulatives during the workshop and leave with new instructional strategies, which can be immediately implemented in any instructional setting.

The workshop is appropriate for general education teachers, resource and special education teachers, ESOL teachers and any educational professional who teaches in an inclusion setting. The methods can also be adapted exclusively for intervention and remedial settings.

The workshop includes the Research, Rationale, Description of Learning Challenges Impacting Learning in Mathematics, Core Instructional Strategies, CRA Instructional Sequence, Importance of Subitizing and Numeracy Skills, and Neuroscience Behind Shifts in Instruction, limited practice in basic operations with hands-on instructional tools/manipulatives. Full color handouts for all operations, use of manipulative objects and limited take away models.

Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT

A nationally certified Academic Language Therapist and former classroom/demonstration teacher, Ms. Zecher is a specialist in applying multisensory Orton-Gillingham based strategies to a variety of content areas. She trains nationally for The Multisensory Training Institute of The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville Maryland. A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences including IDA, LDA, & NCTM, Ms. Zecher specializes in evidence-based methods and interventions for all students, but which are especially effective with students having learning disabilities in the fields of mathematics and study skills. Her presentations incorporate O-G multisensory strategies, the principles of UDL, and applications from NCTM, The What Works Clearinghouse and the Common Core State Standards. She teaches graduate-level math methods courses which cover skills foundational to algebra and geometry, gives workshops on written language and study skills, and maintains a private practice supporting older students in Rockville Maryland. She has also written two extensive resource guides for teaching mathematics to all types of learners, which are available to participants in her methods courses.