A great article that discusses in great detail the ways to help students with learning disabilities focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses. They give good examples and ways to deal with labeling.
The coolest math trick ever: Start with 142,857 and multiply it by 1, writing down your answer. Do the same with 2; 3; 4; 5; and 6, writing your answer each time. What do you notice about the order of the digits in each answer? There’s deep mathematics at work here!
In New Zealand they are finding out that due to the rising of the digital devices, kids no longer learn to tell the time very well. See the video with kids from Canada also explaining their social media uses.
Dyscalculia is an under-researched learning difficulty and as a result, there is little guidance for teachers on how to support learners with the condition. The TES website condensed some valuable insights into dyscalculia, the indicators and how to assess for it in this article in our link for today.
Effective instruction aimed at the missed or poorly understood concept is the best remedy for a learning gap. Students need the opportunity to apply the concept in a variety of situations and to ask questions to clear up any misunderstandings. Fixing a learning gap due to a conceptual misunderstanding takes time and practice.
With a wife specializing in learning difficulties, a Canadian psychologist called Keith Stanovich had long been interested in the ways that some mental abilities may lag behind others, and he suspected that rationality would be no different. The result was an influential paper introducing the idea of dysrationalia as a direct parallel to other disorders like dyslexia and dyscalculia.
While work is done teaching artificial neural networks with massive algorithms and supervised teaching, the research suggests that learning by both animal and humans comes with a highly structured brain that for humans already has the skills for math and language
The EF+Math Program is a new initiative to fund bold approaches through inclusive discovery and development to dramatically increase math outcomes for students in grades 3-8. They focus on students who have been traditionally underserved.
In our link for today an audio book that claims to be able to give you the experience of having dyscalculia through listening to a hypnosis script. We have not tried this yet and have not seen reviews but are excited to hear your experiences with it.
Schools and colleges for pharmacy are thinking about how best to accommodate students with learning disabilities. One option for students with dyscalculia would be to allow them extended learning opportunities to learn math in the context of a job and thus eventually be able to acquire the skills to become successful.
In our link for today the story about a legal secretary who got into major trouble with firm partners, due to her dyscalculia. The story suggests that no accommodations were made for her and no understanding of the partners about her condition seemed to exist.
From Italy comes a new piece of research that tackles the numerosity and more specific the encoding and how that actually works. Great read, although you need to have access to science.com to read the whole article