Schools That Just Won’t Listen.

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A story from a father who has had his major issues with the school who pretty much ignored them.

Best quote:

It is like cycling in the wrong gear. Your legs are going at a hundred miles an hour, but the bike is only going at 10. No wonder she is always mentally exhausted.

Read all about it: HERE

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unaware of learning disabilities

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  • A woman with learning difficulties has revealed how she was labelled ‘stupid’
  • But she proved she was anything but stupid after achieving a bachelor’s degree
  • She said a teacher made her cry in front of her class because she couldn’t spell
  • She was finally diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and ADHD
  • Against all odds, Phoebe fulfilled her goal by completing her bachelor’s degree

Please teachers, become Dyscalculia Aware via http://DyscalculiaAware.org

 

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Brain stimulation for math ability

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Many questions loom over transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive form of neurostimulation in which constant, low current is delivered directly to areas of the brain using small electrodes. It was first established in neuroscience research in the 1950s and 60s, but has seen rapid growth, particularly in the last five years. Originally developed to help patients with brain injuries such as strokes, tDCS is now also used to enhance language and mathematical ability, attention span, problem solving, memory, coordination, and even gaming skills. The authors in our link for today examine its potential and pitfalls.

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Creative counting

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Read the personal story in our link for today. The passage that struck me was the one below where the writer shows creativity to deal with the ignorance of the teacher.

When I was in 3rd grade, the teacher saw me counting on my fingers and told me I needed to do math in my head. I knew I couldn’t do that, so I’d count objects around the classroom instead. When the teacher noticed me looking around the room, she told me to stop “daydreaming.” Since there were a lot of times I actually was off task and not paying attention, I got told to stop daydreaming on a regular basis.

What I didn’t know at the time was that, in addition to ADHD, I have dyscalculia.

Read all about it: HERE

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Adults have learning disabilities too

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You may have been struggling with it all of your life. In the link for today are some tips to find out if you would have a learning disability.

When you believe that you may have a Math Learning Disability or Dyscalculia, you can do the online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test at https://dyscalculiatesting.com

Read all about it: HERE

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There is a limit to accommodations

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In our link for today a saga from an employee who got lots of accommodations for a required test, failed and then still sued to get more accommodations but the tribunal who judged it decided that the organization had done enough.

Read all about it: HERE

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Carol Dweck, congrats!

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We are big fans of the work of Carol Dweck on the growth mindset and now she has won a prize for it with a huge research budget attached!

It’s the first prize awarded in a competition launched last year by Chinese technology billionaire Charles Chen Yidan that is intended to “empower the change-makers in education, build a global community of education leaders and, ultimately, create long-lasting, enlightening impacts on mankind as a whole.” The award, which includes a $1.9 million cash award and an equal-size project fund, is the largest financial prize in education research.

Read all about it: HERE

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The lack of Dyscalculia Awareness

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 According
to Butterworth, Varma and Laurillard
(2011), the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) had spent $107.2 million funding
dyslexia research in the United States
since 2000, but had spent only $2.3
million on dyscalculia research.

Read all about it: HERE

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Spot the learning Disability

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It is hard to recognize a learning disability in your child. Many parents do not want to see it, many parents eventually see it late.

We all want the best for our children and one of the ways to ensure they get the support they deserve in school is to be on the lookout for signs that may indicate something is going on. If you are not sure, TEST, it can never hurt.

You can do a FREE Dyscalculia Screener HERE (free registration required)

Or at DyscalculiaTesting.com you can do a more comprehensive Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test for $27.50

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Oh the memories

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A very interesting article by John Hawthorne in our link for today. He highlights some common things about the memory that we may not be aware of.

For our purposes a great point is that he highlights that learning something by rote is very difficult. His quote:

Simply put, the human memory isn’t particularly good at rote memorization.

Read all about it: HERE

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Dyscalculia and Photography

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Read this interesting story about a would be photographer who didn’t get passed using the iphone with instagram, until at a workshop the workings of the NIKON camera were explained in such a way that a person with dyscalculia could understand it.

Read all about it: HERE

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Lack of funding for Dyscalculia Research

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I’m reading the bulletin learning difficulties from Australia and they comment on the remarkable difference between research funding for dyslexia and dyscalculia:

the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) had spent $107.2 million funding
dyslexia research in the United States
since 2000, but had spent only $2.3
million on dyscalculia research. This
is despite the prevalence of the two
conditions being similar. This apparent
lack of awareness and action may have
consequences for both the individual
and the community

Read all about it: HERE

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UK getting serious about times tables

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From 2019 the UK will introduce tests on timetables for all 9 year olds. They are now keen on numeracy in the UK and this is part of it.

The thing that is slightly worrying is that they mention it as “drill” which sounds like rote memory learning which is not the preferred way.

Read all about it: HERE

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Dyscalculia fact sheet

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In our link for today a Dyscalculia fact-sheet, made by kidshealth.com, that gives you in a very abbreviated form the highlights of what Dyscalculia is.

If teachers or counselors want to be more educated in their own time, online, they can sign up for the Dyscalculia Awareness Training at DyscalculiaAware.org

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Testing for Dyscalculia does not have to break the bank

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If you think your kid might have a learning disability in math, the first step is to talk to her teacher. Learning disabilities like dyscalculia are diagnosed with a psycho-educational assessment performed by a psychologist. This can be done within the school system (although wait times can be long) or it can be done privately (prices typically range from $1,500 to $2,500).

Dyscalculia Services has developed an affordable way to diagnose the condition with their online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test.

Even when a full test needs to be done their prices do not get anywhere near the amounts mentioned in the article in the link.

Read all about it: HERE

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