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Mathematics as a Second Language - Starting February 2023

Teachers need to understand the fundamental principles that underlie school mathematics, so that they can teach it to diverse groups of students as a coherent, reasoned activity and communicate and appreciate the elegance and power of the subject.”
(Mathematical Education for Teachers II, 2012)

Current Vermont state achievement data in mathematics indicate significant achievement gaps between students with disabilities and the general population, as well as a general decline in mathematics learning for all students. Making mathematics accessible to all students is challenging and requires educators have a strong understanding of mathematics to reach all students in the classroom. This course provides for a deep understanding of the basic themes of arithmetic as well as the inter-relationships among arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. A major theme of Mathematics as a Second Language is the understanding of arithmetic and algebra through language.

Participants will explore the mathematics content related to these topics, the intimate relationship among them, and the important pedagogical strategies and skills educational research suggests can have a strong impact on student learning.

Participants of this course will work collaboratively to solve problems and experience how problem solving is an integral part of instruction. They will come to recognize the importance of multiple representations of mathematical concepts and multiple solution strategies and how discourse in the classroom supports learning.

Cost includes all materials and lunch on the full day session.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have preferred status should they decide to apply to the VMI’s master’s program, with these credits transferring into the program.

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* 1. Your name (first and last) and email address

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* 2. Your mailing address and phone number

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* 3. Date of Birth (for SNHU purposes)


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* 4. What do you teach? Please include grade level(s) and subjects or specific mathematics class(es).

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* 5. Where do you teach?

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* 6. Tuition is $1650 (includes 3 graduate credits from SNHU), or $1500 for the no-credit option.  An invoice is typically generated and sent to you within 30 days following registration unless a PO is received or alternative arrangements are made.  Please contact Judi Laird, VMI Director to discuss alternative payment arrangements.

Will you be sending a PO?  If so, please forward to Judi Laird.

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* 7. Does SNHU have a previous last name on file?  If so, please provide that last name.

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* 8. Is there any further information you would like VMI to know--regarding payment or any other aspect of class.  

Thank you!

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