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.
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.
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
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.
We try but there is always room for improvement. The site in the link for today gives advice on how to prepare websites such that people with disabilities, among which learning disabilities, can better access these sites.
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.
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.
Great recommendation about detection of learning disabilities:
Identifying children at risk for LDs should be a critical component of every school-aged pediatric visit and need not be time-consuming. Sample questions to ask families regarding reading can be found at http://bit.ly/2jhzJO2 and http://bit.ly/2AsjSWh.
As far as I can remember, numbers have meant absolutely nothing to me. I’m frequently late to social events, meetings, and nail appointments. I get lost at my place of work, at least once a week. When I pay for things in cash, there’s a good chance I under pay. Some may read these behaviors as a reflection of poor character, but the reality is I have a learning disability called dyscalculia.
New research shows that on average, participation in ECE leads to statistically significant reductions in special education placement (d = 0.33 SD, 8.1 percentage points) and grade retention (d = 0.26 SD, 8.3 percentage points) and increases in high school graduation rates (d = 0.24 SD, 11.4 percentage points).
A letter to the editor of the FT about an article they ran a while ago. The article suggested that everyone should have math education until age 18. The writer of the letter to the editor maintains that children who have trouble with math should not be forced to take math until 18. Here is the concluding quote:
Forcing children who don’t have mathematical brains to study it not only destroys their self-confidence but can destroy that most precious joy, the joy of learning. Maths can ruin lives as well as make them.
Have you ever noticed a problem with processing information that could come easily? For some people, such as criminology major Gerardo Lopez, certain subjects such as math, are hard for him to process..
Although Lopez may not suffer from a learning disability, there are students on campus who need resources in order to keep up with their courses.
Here are five indicators of a learning disability according to Dr. Virginia Kennedy of the Special Education Department at CSUN:
Well there was a very nice video and article about how our numbers seemed to come from ancient Arabic writing where you would count corners to get to the numeral but alas that seems to be a hoax, see the link for the real truth.