# Focused Instruction for Struggling Math Students with Mahesh Sharma – K-8 Teachers – March 17

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TARGET AUDIENCE: K- 8 TEACHERS, SPECIAL EDUCATORS, MATH SPECIALISTS

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Low achievement in mathematics and fear of mathematics are a worldwide phenomenon. A child’s failure in mathematics can lead to anxiety and a feeling of low self-esteem. Many adults attribute their mathematics anxieties to early mathematics experiences. In many cases, low achievement in mathematics may have roots in the way we introduce number to children at home and how we teach number concepts in schools.

In order to raise standards in mathematics for all children, but most importantly for the lowest achievers, and create more interest in mathematics, we need to improve our teaching practices. Our practices should reflect an understanding of children’s development of number concepts and number relationships. While mathematics instruction for very young children needs to be age-appropriate in format and content, it also needs to prepare children conceptually for the kinds of mathematics learning that is expected of them in future years. We need to challenge as well as to provide opportunities to develop their numerical thinking at deeper levels.

**The focus of this workshop is on:**

1. How children learn mathematics?

2. Why do Learning Problems occur?

3. What is the difference between the work with Tier II and Tier III students

4. Principles of Remedial instruction in mathematics

A. Developmental Mile-Stones in Mathematics

B. Cognitive Development and Strategies

• Nature of Mathematics Thinking/Concepts

• Development of Cognition

C. Components of a Mathematics Concept

• Language of Mathematics

• Conceptual Schemas

• Procedural Processes

D. Mathematics Learning Personality

• Quantitative Mathematics Learning Personality

• Qualitative Mathematics Learning

E. Pre-requisite Skills for Mathematics Learning

F. Nature and Type of Learning Problems in Mathematics

• Developmental problems

• Carryover Problems

• Dyscalculia/acalculia/dyslexia

• Mathematics Anxiety

• Primary and Secondary Concepts

• Instruction Models

• Questioning Process

### About the Instructor

Mahesh Sharma is known for his groundbreaking work in mathematics education, he is an author, teacher and teacher-trainer, researcher, consultant to public and private schools, as well as a public lecturer. He is the Chief Editor of Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics, an international, interdisciplinary, research mathematics journal with readership in more than 70 countries, and the editor of the Math Notebook, a practical source of information for parents and teachers devoted to improving teaching and learning for all children.