Why are so many learners struggling in math? We get this question all the time, from educators and administrators in education. Some chalk it up to the old theory that some individuals are just not “math people”. I can’t agree with this theory. Instead of placing the blame on the learner, let’s focus on the instruction and the design.

As we think about mathematical instructional design, we need to embrace a Universal Design for Learning mindset. Universal Design for Learning is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences that guides the development of flexible learning environments and learning spaces that accommodate individual learning differences. When we design with a UDL mindset, we are proactively anticipating variability within our learners during the design of instruction to remove potential barriers that might present themselves.

I am constantly challenging educators to think about their math instruction in a different way. This session, Strengthening Tier 1 Middle School Mathematics Instruction by Embracing Universal Design for Learning will do just this. We will spend time learning about math effective mathematical practices, unpack standards and learning progressions, and examine skill gaps all with a Universal Design for Learning lens. We will lean into the Universal Design for Learning framework to analyze instructional moves that you can make within your classroom to provide a flexible learning environment for all.

It’s important to learn, but that learning needs to be applied to transfer into practice. You will have the opportunity to apply your learning from the day as you engage in a case study with fellow participants.

Are you questioning your instructional design in mathematics? Are you frustrated with not being able to reach all learners? Then this session is for you!

Strengthening Tier 1 Mathematics Instruction by Embracing Universal Design for Learning at the middle school level will be designed as a full-day learning opportunity that allows you, the participant, to dive into effective mathematics teaching practices and strategies.

We will unpack standards and learning progressions as they relate to the middle level grades, focused on a particular strand, examine skill gaps that learners might face and strategies to address them, and analyze instructional moves you can make within your classroom.

You will learn how to utilize these essential concepts of mathematics instruction as part of your instructional design. You will have the opportunity to apply your learning as you partake in a case study with fellow participants. Come prepared to learn, participate, and apply your knowledge.

All participants should bring a laptop to this session.

Author

Erin Barry

Project Consultant