Drive Math Reasoning from Whole to Part

Course Description:

A student who is confused by typical math instruction can excel when instructed in a way that always shows the big picture first, uses visual-spatial images, and directly examines how the parts are connected to the whole.  This program is quite different from how most of us were taught math, and it is different from most modern curriculum approaches as well.  A variety of whole-to-part graphic organizers will be presented that model whole number and fraction concepts and procedures, word problems, and equations.  The methodology to be presented enables such comparison by limiting demands on language processing, working memory, and executive function skills.

Learning and memory research tells us that multisensory integration is absolutely vital for children who have learning difficulties, as well as the best way to teach all students. Experiential, gross-motor activities provide a powerful approach to interact with recognizable whole-to-part visual models.  Students develop language skills necessary to describe math concepts and relationships as they perceive and process them. Simply put, students take patterns apart, then reassemble them while describing the process. Various games and activities involving both fine and gross motor skills will be demonstrated, and supported with free online materials.

Upon completion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:

• understand the limitations placed on motor planning by reference
frame constraints.

• understand motor planning disorders that impair students'
ability to learn math procedures involving written output.

• understand the benefits to visual processing and motor planning
gained by the use of a consistent, interactive graphic organizer.

• select and use effective whole-to-part diagrams
to model a process.
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For a preview of some of the information that will be presented, explore the related interactive article on Yale's Center for Dyslexia and Creativity: 

Read this online article that includes information and examples (including video!) of how to understand then support struggling math learners through diagnostic and prescriptive teaching. 

Read the entire articleDemystifying Math Struggles and Identifying Strategies to Help

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