A nationally certified Academic Language Therapist and former public-school classroom/demonstration teacher, Ms Zecher is a specialist in applying multisensory strategies to a variety of content areas. Her graduate level Multisensory Math courses have been used as methods courses at the university level and she is a frequent speaker at national, international, and local conferences. Ms Zecher specializes in evidence-based methods and interventions for all students but which are especially effective with students who have learning challenges. She is well known for her work in the fields of mathematics, literacy strategies for older learners and study skills. Her presentations and professional development for teachers incorporates general multisensory instructional strategies, Orton-Gillingham strategies, the principles of UDL, and recommendations from the NCTM, The What Works Clearinghouse and the Common Core State Standards as well as local state standards.
Multisensory Math: Strategies for Teaching Multiplication to Students with Learning Challenges Recent findings in the field of neuroscience suggest that learning multiplication facts is language dependent. Many students with disabilities struggle to develop fluency with facts for this reason. This workshop will focus on multisensory strategies for helping all students gain skills necessary for math reasoning in the later grades. Build a times table manipulative with ten groups of seven in contrasting colored pony beads on a shoestring, and watch the magic happen.
Multisensory Math: Core Instructional Strategies for Meeting the Needs of Unique Learners This workshop will focus on core instructional strategies that are appropriate for all students but essential for some. We will look at recommendations from The What Works Clearinghouse, the NCTM and general multisensory strategies for making math accessible to all students. Many of these strategies come out of the literacy tradition of Orton Gillingham but others are simply just good teaching. We will examine these strategies through the lens of Input and Output Accommodations.