Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Workshop #W6
CE Offered: None
Learning and Teaching Mathematics with the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Gardner B
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kent Johnson, Psy.D.
KENT JOHNSON (Morningside Academy), KRISTINE F. MELROE (Morningside Academy), JOANNE K. ROBBINS (Morningside Academy), SUSAN K. MALMQUIST (Private Practice)
Description: For the past decade, professional mathematics educators have advocated problem solving and inquiry based approaches to teaching mathematics to children and youth. Their approach has crowded out the teaching of more fundamental competencies in math. The Morningside Math framework rebalances the objectives, bringing more basic math tools and computation into play with inquiry and problem solving. In this workshop you will learn to implement our curriculum and methods. Learners in K-12 general education classrooms as well as learners with developmental disabilities and autism have profited enormously from our program Our data typically show substantial academic gains on state and national tests. Morningside Mathematics occurs in three levels. Each day students practice math tool skills to fluency. Our tool skill sequence begins with reading and writing numbers, identifying the place value of digits in numbers, and math facts; and progresses to solving 3-term equations with one unknown, and finding multiples and factors, among other pre-algebra too skills. We will teach you how to apply Precision Teaching and peer coaching to teach learners these math tools. The second level of each day's work involves learning basic concepts and computation skills using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, measurement, statistics, geometry, and advanced number work. We will introduce a curriculum ladder with over 100 objectives, scripted instruction to establish these skills, and practice materials to build fluency. We will teach you Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching methods to teach learners these objectives. We will also teach you a diagnostic/prescriptive approach to teaching the curriculum, allowing you to individualize instruction to include only those objectives that need instruction or practice. The third level of each day's work involves reasoning and problem solving. We will teach you a protocol for solving all kinds of problems called Thinking Aloud Problem Solving. Morningside Math also includes a Precision Teaching approach to Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM). CBM provides short weekly measures a teacher can administer to plan additional instruction and practice needs, make predictions about year- end performance results, and avoid surprises when state and national tests are administered in the Spring. We will teach you how to implement our CBM approach. We implement Morningside Math with Saxon Math; we will teach you about Saxon Math and how to integrate it with Morningside Math. Morningside Math can also be implemented jointly with any modern math curriculum to supplement its weaknesses and create a better balance of math learning.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Learn and practice methods for teaching math tool skills. Learn and practice methods for teaching concepts and computation operations. math learning. Learn and practice methods for teaching problem solving. Learn and practice CBM methods. Experience our methods of feedback and coaching. Practice implementing our system. Learn to incorporate mathematics into your treatment plans.
Activities: Lecture, demonstration and discussion methods; Direct Instruction; and Precision Teaching will be used to teach you Morningside Math. Our faculty and staff will also coach you and give you feedback as you practice.
Audience: Teachers, administrators, clinicians, direct-care staff, tutors, and instructional designers who want to learn how to teach mathematics to children and youth, as well as adults in literacy programs.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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