Connect math to the real world

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Thanks to @MrOrr_geek   who shares with us some lessons connected to real life. It is important to keep your lessons connected to something the children can relate to. With all the fancy lesson plans and shiny new technology it may sometimes be overwhelming for students and they may be able to do the lesson but not see the connection with real life. The lesson in the link for today are great and will solve that issue.

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No Evidence for Systematic White Matter Correlates of Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

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A very interesting study has been completed. They compared people with dyslexia, dyscalculia, both and neither. They focused on the corona radiata and the arcuate fasciculus, two tracts associated with reading and mathematics in a number of previous studies. Using Bayesian hypothesis testing, they showed that the data showed no differences between groups for these particular tracts, a finding that seems to go against the current view in other studies.
This outcome, if confirmed, suggest that structural differences associated with dyslexia and dyscalculia might not be as reliable as previously thought, and this may have some impact on how we approach remediation.

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Looking at angles

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This little gadget lets us estimate angles. A nice distracting game to play and it will help the conversation about the system of angles with your students. Thanks to NRICH enriching mathematics for the link.

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Maya Math

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See the wonderful way the people in Mexico use the ancient Maya method of calculation to teach the children. This is badly needed as the comparison show:

Maths is one of the areas in which Mexican students are failing most comprehensively, according to the OECD’s latest Pisa evaluations, which assess student performance around the world at age 15. Despite being Latin America’s second-biggest economy, Mexico ranks bottom of the class in maths among OECD member countries and 58th overall, of the 72 nations ranked.

Some 57 per cent of Mexican students fail to reach the baseline proficiency in maths — significantly worse than the OECD average of 23 per cent.

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How do you process magnitudes?

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Interesting study which outcome favors the possibility of a generalized magnitude system in the occipito-parietal lobe. It might be further assumed, that with development more refined and specific neuronal functions form in order to process magnitudes with increasing difficulty (Leibovich and Henik, 2013). Secondly, despite the numerical deficits and difficulties in more complex spatial skills, adolescents with DD seem to have well developed abilities to process discrete and continuous magnitudes. Neuronal findings may reveal the use of compensatory systems, hinting to a slight delay in the development of the discrete and continuous numerical system. Further studies are needed to examine the development of the generalized magnitude system in typical and, more importantly, in atypical development.

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Just a simple game of math

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Working on math with children doesn’t have to be complilcated. See the fun game Simon Gregg did with his class.A Cuisenaire race game: roll the dice and take the corresponding rod. Who gets to thirty first?

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Decode the teacher

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The other day a parent approached me and said they needed an evaluation for their child because the school/teacher had said the child had low IQ and ADD. At least they didn’t say the child is stupid and doesn’t pay attention but it is clear that the school probably has not evaluated a learning disability.

They should be referred to http://DyscalculiaAware.org to get an awareness course and the parents can go to https://DyscalculiaTesting.com to get a Math and Dyscalculia Screening test done quick and at low cost as a start.

Remarkable today I get the email from the understood organization, talking about the language teachers use and what it could mean for parents.

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Get your answer

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Deep insights from a 16 year old, who struggles with not being accepted due to the learning disabilities and neurological differences. Great story. Spread the word, create awareness!

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The app wheel on a poster

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From the University of Edinburgh comes the wheel with Math related apps. We have shown it before but this one is updated and easy to print at home or click on the icons to find the apps.

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A non math related test in the first year of school can predict Math success later

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Great research that shows that when you have children try to order a set of animal pictures after you have read the names of the animals to them, the success of them being able to do this simple task predicts later Math capabilities. Read the article in the link for today as I’m not doing it proper justice with this summary.

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Tutors are good to relieve Math Anxiety

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Not new but a great message: Tutor help to relieve Math Anxiety

Anxiety about doing math problems can be relieved with a one-on-one math tutoring program, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The tutoring fixed abnormal responses in the brain’s fear circuits.

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Be Positive about Math

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Being Happy about Math is already a very good step forward, see the new research from Stanford:

A positive attitude toward math boosts the brain’s memory center and predicts math performance independent of factors such as a child’s IQ, a Stanford study has found.

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Inclusive Teaching

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Read about a great initiative, called SWIFT

The School Wide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center (SWIFT) is a national center based at the University of Kansas and built on an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs

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Apply Design Thinking to Teaching

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A wonderful blog post on the e-learningcoach blog, written by Connie Malamed.

In short she proposes to apply some design thinking to teaching instead of working from a systems perspective. It involves empathizing with the audience. Read it for some fresh views on Teaching design.

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Computer aided instruction and Dyscalculia

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Interesting study, more for the literature overview involved than for the actual study design. With N=3 in a pre-test post-test design, I’m not sure what conclusions become valid but the article has lots of references to great stuff and points out what further research should be done.

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Tips for teaching

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Great story with some nice tips for teachers to help students with learning disabilities. Some are more practical than others but I want to draw you to a super quote in the article:

It is a disservice to underestimate the intelligence and potential for success of students with a learning disability and other disabilities. Learning disabilities are not indicative of low intelligence. Some of the most daunting disabilities have been overcome by some of the world’s most successful people. Galileo had a visual impairment. Elton John has epilepsy. James Earl Jones had a speech impediment. John F. Kennedy had a learning disability. Howard Hughes had OCD, as does David Beckham. Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt suffered from bipolar disorder, as do Buzz Aldrin and Jim Carrey.

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Oops, abusing “bad at numbers”

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A blog post where they make the point that you may be abusing the “I’m so bad at numbers”. One example they give:

You Use ‘Bad At Numbers’ To Avoid Keeping Good Records

It’s a lot easier to say ‘I don’t understand the numbers’, ‘I don’t understand what I’m meant to do with my receipts’, ‘I don’t know what I’m meant to be doing, I can’t do it, I’m bad at numbers.’

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