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Teaching Mathematics Using Alternative Strategies and Modalities – Summer Institute 2020

This interactive course features innovative methods to manipulate numbers using minimum language demands. Students perform the four basic operations of whole numbers, fractions, percentages, and elementary algebraic concepts using concrete manipulatives, graphic organizers, gross motor/kinesthetic processing, and visual imagery techniques. After problems are solved through alternative modalities, language is used to describe and document the solution process. Thematic, language-based instruction will be presented in a hands-on format which aids student comprehension by integrating concepts and procedures with related word problems through experiential learning. Participants will explore several thematic units and will receive the necessary guidance and materials to adapt one for their own use. While these methods are essential for individuals with auditory processing issues and/or executive function disorders, all students can benefit from these strategies.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to demonstrate a visual cloze technique to drive the production of an addition or subtraction fact. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to encode and decode concrete, semi-concrete and abstract models of quantity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to diagram the processes of addition and subtraction using Icons of quantity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present addition and subtraction word problems nonverbally using a linear diagram.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present multiplication word problems nonverbally using a matrix diagram.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present a semi-concrete model to estimate percentages.
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt physical models and graphic organizers to the primary reference frame of the student.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify whole-to-part and part-to-whole processing models within the context of math instruction and the Massachusetts Math Curriculum Frameworks.
  • Demonstrate the ability to model pre-algebra concepts, procedures and applications pertaining to expressions, integers, linear equations, proportions, and scatterplots using multimodal activities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate and access free, appropriate materials from the website.



Multiplication and Division Facts for the Whole-to-Part, Visual Learner by Christopher Woodin. Text may be ordered at


The skill base covered in this course is traditionally taught from Pre-K through grade 2; however, these skills are frequently underdeveloped or lacking in students with LBLD at higher grade levels. A significant number do not acquire these skills without specific prescriptive remediation.



Graduate credit is included in course tuition and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

45 Hours/PDPs
3 Graduate Credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 13-17, 2020
8:30am - 4:00pm
$800 $750

Teachers Say...

Chris Woodin is a master teacher. I feel exceptionally fortunate to have experienced a class with him. His enthusiasm and constant work to reach every student and creative methods are inspiring. The fact videos and materials are available online is a gift to math teachers everywhere.


About the Instructor

Christopher Woodin

Chris has been with Landmark School since 1986. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and he is currently the mathematics department head at the Landmark Elementary•Middle School. Chris has published several articles, including a recent one through the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. His latest book is entitled Multiplication and Division Facts for the Whole-to-Part Visual Learner. Chris presents internationally on topics involving multimodal math instruction and learning disabilities.

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