When numbers don’t work for you

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Wonderful story that makes it all more real, how you live with dyscalculia.

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Living with Dyscalculia

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Bolster Executive Function

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Slow developing executive function can be a major contributing factor in children having trouble with math. Edutopia here has a great article about how you can help bolster the development of the executive function.

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Read it three times to get it right

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The Three Read Protocol is one way to do a close read of a complex math word problem or task. This strategy includes reading a math scenario three times with a different goal each time. The first read is to understand the context. The second read is to understand the mathematics. The third read is to elicit inquiry questions based on the scenario. This is a great way to help students with dyscalculia or adhd.

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Preschoolers’ executive functions following indoor and outdoor free play

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Periods of outdoor play that involve recommended amounts of physical activity may help young children engage executive functions when they return to the classroom.

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Numberless word problems

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Numberless word problems shift the focus from solving to understanding.

When students see numbers in a word problem, they know that the expectation is to solve. They are “done” when they’ve added, subtracted, multiplied, or divided and they’re left with an answer. When the numbers are removed from the problem and replaced with blanks, the focus immediately shifts away from solving, because there’s nothing to solve! There is no operation to do because there are no numbers!

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Classroom design for early learners

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With deliberate design, learning environments can promote independence, discovery and creativity for early learners.

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Test Anxiety Does Not Predict Exam Performance

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Do test-anxious students perform worse in exam situations than their knowledge would otherwise allow? We analyzed data from 309 medical students who prepared for a high-stakes exam using a digital learning platform. Using log files from the learning platform, we assessed students’ level of knowledge throughout the exam-preparation phase and their average performance in mock exams that were completed shortly before the final exam. The results showed that test anxiety did not predict exam performance over and above students’ knowledge level as assessed in the mock exams or during the exam-preparation phase. Leveraging additional ambulatory assessment data from the exam-preparation phase, we found that high trait test anxiety predicted smaller gains in knowledge over the exam-preparation phase. Taken together, these findings are incompatible with the hypothesis that test anxiety interferes with the retrieval of previously learned knowledge during the exam.

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Some are good at math, some lag behind, why?

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Students who have fallen behind should have twice as much instruction to engage in grade-level mathematics. And the time spent in math should be organic, rich, task-based teaching and learning. What this means is meaningful, personal experiences need to happen every day in math class. For example, a hands-on activity in math class, a story problem that is relevant to every student, or the students creating their own story problem with a teacher asking different types of questions to challenge the learners. All students need to see themselves as mathematicians so that they develop a personal connection to mathematics learning.

This article is republished from The Conversation, an independent nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts. It was written by: Frances E. AndersonUniversity of Nebraska Omaha

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Retrieval has been studied for ages

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Indeed recall practices have been studies way before Dyscalculia was ever known. The teacher toolkit brings the story about the earliest research about it from Ebiinghaus’s in 1897

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At home early math learning kit

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The Development and Research in Early Math Education group from Stanford has published an early math learning kit so you can work with your little ones to involve some easy math while going through their regular daily routines.

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What you can do with Cuisenaire rods

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The Association of Teachers of Mathematics shares this wonderful short and helpful article about some things you may have never thought you could do with the famous Cuisenaire rods.

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Math should be practiced like music and sports

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When people practice sports or music, they generally do so with a strong understanding of the performance that practice is meant to support. They’ve watched other people play the games or listened to other people play music. They have very likely messed around clumsily on a court or at a piano. They understand its point and like it well enough that the practice feels welcome and necessary.

Define the performance of math however you want and ask yourself, first, how well do your students understand it? Have they watched other people play math? Have they messed around clumsily with math themselves? Do they understand the point of math and like it well enough that the practice feels welcome and necessary?

We need skill fluency that blends practice and performance.

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retrieval practice

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In a new 14-page paper, published by Zheng et al. (October 2022), research explores the inconsistency regarding the effect of working memory capacity on the testing effect – otherwise known as retrieval practice.

The typical finding is that in the final test (exam), items practised in the test condition (e.g. mock exam) are better than those in a restudy condition (day-to-day classroom).

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mathematical graphics

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The early childhood maths group brings us this story, looking at the marks children make and telling about how to make sense of them. Some of those marks actually turn into math language later.

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Classroom design for executive functioning

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Did you know that the way you set up your classroom can have an impact on how your students learn and make decisions throughout the day?

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Free math books

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The Abakcus blog presents us with a curated list of about 100 free math books, enjoy!

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Assessments and feedback

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From the TCEA blog a range of tools for formative assessments but also, my favorite, a checklist for teachers on how to give great feedback.

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About your working memory

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Research suggests that to make the most of our working memory, our brains need time to wander as well as to focus on a task, says science writer Surendra Verma

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Curiosity can boost your memory and creativity

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Recent research on the double-edged nature of curiosity is riding to the rescue. The work not only sheds light on its many benefits for learning and creativity, but also the reasons that it can lead us astray – and how we can make the most of this trait.

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One step equations in a visual way

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The good folks at Math is Visual share a great explanation, indeed very visual, to slowly get introduced into solving equations.

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Change direction to add or subtract

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Nice strategy to ease the adding and subtracting by changing the direction you work in. Follow the link to get explanations on how to do this.

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Math is a big deal but why?

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Good guest blog on the UKEDCHAT blog about why it is that math is such a big deal. Motivating and focusing on the applications rather than the test scores.

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Number boxes game

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This game involves writing down numbers (randomly generated by a die, spinner, cards, etc.) on a recording sheet. Once the number has been placed, it cannot be moved. Two numbers on any given round may be “thrown away.” Play continues until all of the boxes are full. (a better description is available in the link for today)

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Play games, learn math

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Number path games, when played like board games, are ideal for helping preschool children learn math. See the wonderful blogpost in the link for today.

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A meta-analysis on the effects of technology’s functions and roles on students’ mathematics achievement in K-12 classrooms

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Great overview and analyses of the use of and effects of technology in math instruction.

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Spacing math problems and what it can do for your student

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Sets of mathematics problems are generally arranged in 1 of 2 ways. With blocked practice, all problems are drawn from the preceding lesson. With mixed review, students encounter a mixture of problems drawn from different lessons. Mixed review has 2 features that distinguish it from blocked practice: Practice problems on the same topic are distributed, or spaced, across many practice sets; and problems on different topics are intermixed within each practice set. A review of the relevant experimental data finds that each feature typically boosts subsequent performance, often by large amounts, although for different reasons. Spacing provides review that improves long-term retention, and mixing improves students’ ability to pair a problem with the appropriate concept or procedure. Hence, although mixed review is more demanding than blocked practice, because students cannot assume that every problem is based on the immediately preceding lesson, the apparent benefits of mixed review suggest that this easily adopted strategy is underused.

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Developing problem solving strategies in maths

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Evidence from What Works Clearinghouse​tells us that through providing regular opportunities for pupils to examine multiple different strategies for solving problems, they can become more confident, efficient, and flexible in selecting appropriate approaches. This shifts the focus away from ​‘the answer’, and towards a deeper understanding of the different approaches available to us when tackling an unfamiliar problem.

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Supporting Pupils with Dyscalculia and Math Difficulties

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Twinkl has a great bolog post on a recent teaching assistant CPD webinar all about dyscalculia and how TAs can support pupils with math difficulties, sharing strategies and resources that TAs can use with pupils to support their mathematical understanding and number sense.

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