This interactive 2-day seminar features innovative methods to explain and perform the concepts and procedures that are customarily taught at the middle school level. Concrete manipulatives, graphic organizers, gross motor/kinesthetic activities, and visual imagery techniques provide students with the ability to perceive and process abstract material that may otherwise elude or overwhelm them. Participants will learn to adapt or create materials to provide necessary structure and scaffolding to enable students (not their parents) to initiate and complete independent assignments, as well as foster increased vigilance, precision, and independence by promoting a growth mindset that rewards process before product. This seminar offers the opportunity to participate in an interactive lecture format and hands-on cooperative learning activities, as well as demonstrate teaching strategies through peer teaching assignments. Participants are expected to demonstrate the ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills as they analyze and synthesize the academic theories and practical therapies that are presented. Gross motor, visual, auditory, and tactile kinesthetic modalities will be supported through a variety of participatory activities.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Compensate for executive function and working memory deficits by teaching math concepts and procedures in an integrated manner using whole-to-part strategies.
  • Present math concepts referenced by the Common Core Math Standards from the primary reference point of students using multiple modalities.


This course is appropriate for educators at the middle school level.


Materials will be provided on-site.

Graduate Credit

There is an option to add one (1) graduate credit to this 2-day course from Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit is optional; the cost is $210 and the non-refundable payment is made directly to Fitchburg. The timeline to opt into graduate credit is firm and details will be available once the course begins so you can make your final decision at that time.

Additional Course Logistics

  • Delivery mode: In-person.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.