Qualities of a math tutor

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From Ghana we get this list with qualities a math tutor should have. Great to consider and read through. If you want to become a Dyscalculia Tutor you can do that via our online course at http://DyscalculiaTutor.org

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Dyscalculia and Acalculia

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The Japari school in South Africa has a great page with information about dyscalculia and acalculia. Super for awareness. They also include a number of good links to other sites with information about dyscalculia.

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Teachers will be teachers and parents will be parents

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But sometimes circumstances make it difficult and Moms take action. The mom in this story gives a vibrant explanation of what happened when she started homeschooling.

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Life changing diagnosis

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Tammy Brennan’s daughter Pebble was diagnosed with dyscalculia (like dyslexia, only with numbers) and she wasn’t getting the support she needed in the clasroom. By the time Pebble was nine Tammy decided she would be better off taught by her mother than at the local primary school. Not only did she quit her full time job, the single mum rearranged her life to make sure Pebble was given the best chance to succeed.

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Don’t say you are bad at math

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Certainly when you are actually good at it. There is no shame in being good at math and it is better to encourage your children to work their best instead of trying to bond with them, complaining about math.

Math anxiety gets developed when teachers or parents talk bad about math in general or talk how bad they are at math themselves. Let’s try to avoid it and help our students tackle the problems with confidence and knowing the getting it wrong only means you’ll learn something new.

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Reducing Math test anxiety

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Great article on Edutopia.org about how to reduce math test anxiety.

Letting students discuss a test with peers before they take it can reduce anxiety—and it creates an opportunity to ask deeper questions.

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Back to basics

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The need for children to play has been observed across cultures and not just by educationalists. All mammals play and the more they have to develop and learn, the longer they spend playing. So, herbivores play for a shorter time than carnivores, who in turn play for a shorter time that primates and, as the most sophisticated primates, human beings play for longer than any other species on the planet. It’s this connection between play and learning that we forget at our peril. Adults of other species do not stop their youngsters playing — they know that is where important life skills are learned!

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Formal math instruction cross cultural

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A great study titled “The effects of formal math instruction on arithmetic strategy use: A cross-cultural study” done by

There are differences in the approaches educators use to teach arithmetic in Flanders (Belgium) and Canada. Where in Flanders, there is a discouragement of counting and an encouragement of becoming fluent in arithmetic very early on, the math curriculum in Canada allows for a variety of strategies children can use when they are solving arithmetic problems, including procedural strategie

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UK airport raises awareness

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A canopy of brightly coloured umbrellas has appeared at Heathrow, but it has nothing to do with the torrential rain falling across large parts of the UK this week. 
The umbrellas are actually part of an initiative to raise awareness of neuro-developmental disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia.

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Sure they can’t do it but what is the underlying reason?

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If a student can recognize patterns, respond to multisensory instruction, and continue to successfully apply mathematics concepts, the student’s primary disability may be language based and not true dyscalculia.

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Avoid the summer slide

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If you don’t take it from us, read the blog post on the website from the US department of Education:

Learning doesn’t have to fall by the wayside just because school is out. Use these five parent pro tips to keep your child learning and having fun over the summer months.

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Great tips for students with learning disabilities

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Affordablecollegesonline.org provides us with a great page of tips for students in college with learning disabilities. Although it says dyslexia and dysgraphia in the title, they also talk about dyscalculia and many of their tips apply equally.

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Dyscalculia diagnosis by the chiropractor?

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Here is the claim:

A chiropractor may be able to assess the child with dyscalculia and determine whether subluxations exists in his or her spine and or cranial bones. Chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy and other alternative methods can offer a Dyscalculia  treatment where a child may begin to notice improvement in their math skills along with other positive health outcomes.

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Music for your brain

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A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception.

Who knows how this will affect their math.

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Dyscalculia and ADHD

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In the world of neurodiversity it is known that not only do Dyslexia and Dyscalculia often appear together but also ADHD plays a major role.

In our link for today some parenting tips from a mom who has seen it all.

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Why do we have numbers?

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Scientists have long claimed that our ability with numbers is indeed biologically evolved – that we can count because counting was a useful thing for our brains to be able to do. The hunter-gatherer who could tell which herd or flock of prey was the biggest, or which tree held the most fruit, had a survival advantage over the one who couldn’t. What’s more, other animals show a rudimentary capacity to distinguish differing small quantities of things: two bananas from three, say. Surely it stands to reason, then, that numeracy is adaptive.

But is it really? Being able to tell two things from three is useful, but being able to distinguish 152 from 153 must have been rather less urgent for our ancestors. More than about 100 sheep was too many for one shepherd to manage anyway in the ancient world, never mind millions or billions.

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