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Math Works: Teaching Math with the Brain in Mind

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

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

Course Description:

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.

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