The debate is now hot in the UK. See the article in the link for today and see their quote here:
Clearly, mainstream schools are not for everyone and high-quality alternative settings are required for children who do not thrive in them. But moves to divide children according to their needs more frequently rather than less should be vigorously opposed. Inclusive education is not a liberal piety. Properly resourced, it benefits not only the children being included, but everyone else.
We don’t want to repeat all the information that has been going around about the college application scandal but link to an article that outlines possible or probable consequences for students with disabilities. Here is a quote:
“My fear is that these celebrity fraudsters will incite a crackdown on accommodations. Schools and testing companies will make it even more burdensome for disabled students to get the accommodations that allow them to realize their civil right to access higher education.”
From a brand new study: “Teachers, parents, brothers and sisters and classmates can all play a role in shaping a child’s maths anxiety,” study co-author Ros McLellan said in the press release. “Parents and teachers should also be mindful of how they may unwittingly contribute to a child’s maths anxiety. Tackling their own anxieties and belief systems in maths might be the first step to helping their children or students.”
See the wonderful advice on working towards eliminating math anxiety for your child. Best quote:
The article gives a list of reasons people have anxiety and a few suggestions how to overcome math anxiety. You might like to know writers have suggested that a young Albert Einstein was rubbish at mental arithmetic, a teachers even famously said he wouldn’t amount to anything! However with the help of his mother and a different style of teaching at a new school he was propelled towards his genius discoveries.
In our link for today the story from someone who kept her troubles with math a secret. Unfortunately our school system is such that this can go unnoticed. A major reason why Dyscalculia is not diagnosed more often. Here is how she explained getting through school without anyone noticing her math troubles:
The reason that I was never tested was that I passed all my classes with As and Bs. My parents figured that I just hated math. They assumed that I just needed to apply myself. Now the reason that I got good grades was that I copied everyone’s homework and was a great student. My test scores would give me away, but the teachers were always okay to bump up my grade or give me extra credit. I was in the honors classes track, so surely I was such a good student so eager to learn that I could not get a C grade or lower.
Read the story in the link for today where someone recall their youth that got majorly impacted by a learning disability. Best Quote:
After much hemming and hawing, I went and did a series of tests with trained doctors and teachers who told me that I had dyscalculia. Finally, I realized that my inability to not be able to perform in maths was not because I was dumb or didn’t pay attention. My brain couldn’t grasp these concepts, and it wasn’t my fault at all!
Good news that data set is now being made available by Vanderbilt University neuroscientist James R. Booth The goal is to support the work of other researchers across the world who are working to understand how arithmetic skills develop in childhood.
A new study shows that a non-symbolic number comparison task had a significant value in the prediction of the Math competency level pointing to the need to take these kinds of tasks into account in the first years of school.
Some detailed research with adults who have dyslexia, dyscalculia or both and they looked at differences in size or surface of the gray matter. Well the conclusion is that there is no difference we can find. This is different from other research, therefor interesting for the development of therapies.
Let’s find out by reading this Q&A session done on the Parents Science Gang blog from the UK with Dr Vic Simms a developmental psychologist working at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. Who is really interested in how children’s thinking changes over time – specifically in relation to math.
A new project is underway to develop a bot that can diagnose dyscalculia to speed up the pace of detection. The project needs some more work but at this time you can do the free screener on the home page of Dyscalculia Services (free registration required) or the more comprehensive Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test at https://DyscalculiaTesting.com
Researchers measured the brain activity of adults and children ages 6 to 9 as they listened to four recorded stories, each with different levels and kinds of background noise, either other people talking or just general sounds. Children were significantly worse at distinguishing syllables generally, and they struggled much more than adults to follow the speaker as noise increased from other voices in the background.
As there are not enough tutors available for dyscalculia and generally the schools are not that well versed in remediation of dyscalculia, in our link for today a few suggestions by the understood organization on what to do with your child at home.
You can also get Dr Schreuder’s video series: “MomsTeachMath” that gives about 35 videos and lots of downloadable materials to work with your student.