A new study led by the researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology not only highlights the hidden force of scent of coffee and the cognitive boost it may provide on analytical tasks, but also the expectation that students will perform better on those tasks.
It is not only that a teacher needs to be knowledge about math to do a good job. There is now also evidence that the way the teacher themselves feel about math has an impact on the children and how well they will do.
See the message from Jo Boaler about a study they did to prove that when teachers work on changing children’s mindset the kids DO make more progress than their control group. This is just another piece of evidence that teachers would do well to work on the mindset for great results.
A brand new study has confirmed the hypothesis that individuals with dyscalculia have an order processing deficit. The ordering measures included both numerical and non-numerical ordering tasks, and ordering of both familiar and novel sequences was assessed.
We don’t want to be nagging about this but the awareness of Dyscalculia is really very low.
To give another example, we link today to the site of the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities. A very nice site with lots of good advice. However a quick search of the whole site learns us that there are 50 articles about Dyslexia and only two where Dyscalculia has been mentioned, one from 2013 and one from 2015.
Good article about building teams in the workplace. Considerable thought is given to building teams that are diverse in various ways. These days more and more leaders understand that neuro-diversity is a valuable additional layer of diversity to build teams.
You probably all have heard about the “summer slide”. It is the phenomenon whereby children who have worked so hard to acquire some math skills over the summer vacation tend to slide back in their knowledge and lose some of their newly acquired insights.
The good people at the understood website have put together a little list of responsible math games to play with them to keep them in good shape and have some fun too.
It doesn’t look good. The article in the link for today is about math anxiety being contagious but they first refer to some worrying statistics:
A research study in the journal Education finds that 71% of Americans cannot calculate gas mileage, 58% cannot figure a tip, and 78% do not have the skills to compute loan interest. How do people manage these routine calculations when they have no idea how to do them? Research suggests they estimate — and “pad” their estimation. In other words, they overpay. Imagine how much money they lose by avoiding simple math.
I could not understand why, with all the resources available to me, I just could not seem to grasp the (math) concepts. I felt as if I was a disappointment to my family, who clearly had different brains than I did.
Research into problems with mathematics in patients with Alzheimer’s
Dyscalculia is an early sign of AD. It should be included among the reliable clinical hallmarks for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Identification of dyscalculic symptoms in these patients requires composite assessment procedure.
Many of the games these days rely on doing some math and making calculations to concur the universe, or whatever the goal is. Here comes “Skulldred” that is changing all of this with a math free game. It is still in closed beta but you can download a sample. Tell us what you think
“Maths anxiety is often confused with dyscalculia, or maths disability,” says Trupti Talekar, a Mumbai-based clinical psychologist. “Emotional disturbance that negatively affects the child’s maths performance is what constitutes maths anxiety. (On the other hand) dyscalculia is an academic disability: a skill deficit that has a neurological basis. Both can occur separately or together.”
We have not read this book ourselves yet but it comes highly recommended, let us know what you think of it. The book’s main character has dyscalculia and the book follows him on his journey through life.
More and more colleges are no longer looking at SAT or ACT results to predict college success. The University of Chicago today joined in that group. Their reasoning is that minorities are intimidated by the SAT and ACT and thus do not have a fair opportunity to apply, another reason should be that it has been clear for a while that SAT and ACT are not good college success predictors.
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