Math Works: Teaching Math with the Brain in Mind
EDUC 792 or 600
Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Combination
Location: Course is available either online or print-based, ,
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $390
Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge
Explore the latest brain research and its impact for teaching mathematics at all grade levels. The course will delve into the cognitive mechanisms for learning math and the environmental and developmental factors that contribute to math difficulties. Learn how to plan effective mathematics lessons with a host of brain-compatible strategies.
1. Understand how the brain encodes, manipulates, stores, and retrieves information
2. Understand the important role the following concepts play in learning: elaborate rehearsal, primacy-recency effect, cognitive closure
3. Learn how critical number sense is in the development of math skills
4. Learn how to construct meaningful mathematics lessons
Required reading for the course includes the following text:
Sousa, D. (2006), How the Brain Learns Mathematics.. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Johnson, D (1994). Motivation Counts. Parsippany, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.