Zapping the brain does not always work

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We have talked before about the weak electrical currents that get brought to sections of the brain and help with cognitive functions. New research shows it does not work in all cases and we need to get a lot more specific information before this becomes a viable option.

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The importance of early math

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“Math is the language of logic,” explains Dr. Jie-Qi (Jackie) Chen, professor of Child Development at the Erikson Institute, a principal investigator of the Early Math Collaborative, and co-author of Big ideas of early mathematics: What teachers of young children need to know.

“Math builds reasoning, which leads to comprehension,” she says. “Developing a mentally organized way of thinking is critical.” To make that happen, Chen says, “We need to provide high-quality math education at an early age.”

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Dyscalculia for 24 hours

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Maya Terral 2/10/2019
Dyscalculia for 24 hours
I have a disability that has always been a challenge. It doesn’t restrain me physically, however it is still a thorn in my side when it comes to daily life. My disability is called dyscalculia, a math learning disability that makes number comprehension and understanding basic math concepts very difficult.
Dyscalculia is not as well known as other learning disabilities like dyslexia. For someone with dyslexia, it isn’t common that they have to explain what it is to others, but dyscalculia is a different case. I barely know anyone who is familiar with dyscalculia, and personally, I do not find that fair. Dyscalculia should be given just as much attention as dyslexia and any other learning disability because it is just as much of a struggle for those who have it.


Some of the more discernible symptoms of dyscalculia are high math anxiety (which I no doubt have), trouble memorizing or remembering math facts, and lack of number sense. I also struggle with paying attention in class. The teacher will be talking and I will try to pay attention, but in my head, I am in a totally different universe and am not listening to a single word the teacher is saying. Sometimes I have to admit I zone out voluntarily, but most of the time I can’t help it because I don’t understand what I am supposed to be doing. Teachers will often try to help me by breaking down the problems to attempt to
make it easier for me to understand. Many times though, it instead becomes more puzzling. Most math teachers I’ve had think that to make a problem easier to understand, they have to add an overwhelming amount of steps to it, which is the opposite of what kids like me need. When the teacher tries to explain how the problem is executed, far too many words are used and they get jumbled in my brain. I’ve been accused of not trying or not caring many times by math teachers who don’t understand what it is like to have this disability and haven’t had the training to teach math to kids with dyscalculia. Math for kids with dyscalculia happens in the right brain, not the left, which is why more words mean more confusion. Math must be more experiential and have more visual aids and real life examples to help me. Sadly all this misunderstanding, in addition to the difficulty with me grasping the concepts, automatically gives me a negative opinion of math, and probably a negative opinion of me to my math teachers.


If I had a superpower it would be the ability to give everyone in the world dyscalculia for 24
hours so they would understand the real struggles that come along with it. I hope that when those 24 hours are up, people would have a better understanding of what I and everyone else with dyscalculia are going through and that it is not something to be overlooked or disregarded as merely a dislike for math.

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Separate students with special needs or not?

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The debate is now hot in the UK. See the article in the link for today and see their quote here:

Clearly, mainstream schools are not for everyone and high-quality alternative settings are required for children who do not thrive in them. But moves to divide children according to their needs more frequently rather than less should be vigorously opposed. Inclusive education is not a liberal piety. Properly resourced, it benefits not only the children being included, but everyone else.

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College admission scandal

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We don’t want to repeat all the information that has been going around about the college application scandal but link to an article that outlines possible or probable consequences for students with disabilities. Here is a quote:

“My fear is that these celebrity fraudsters will incite a crackdown on accommodations. Schools and testing companies will make it even more burdensome for disabled students to get the accommodations that allow them to realize their civil right to access higher education.”

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‘Math Anxiety’ Is Real, and Your Teachers Are Probably to Blame

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From a brand new study: “Teachers, parents, brothers and sisters and classmates can all play a role in shaping a child’s maths anxiety,” study co-author Ros McLellan said in the press release. “Parents and teachers should also be mindful of how they may unwittingly contribute to a child’s maths anxiety. Tackling their own anxieties and belief systems in maths might be the first step to helping their children or students.”

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How to overcome math anxiety?

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See the wonderful advice on working towards eliminating math anxiety for your child. Best quote:

The article gives a list of reasons people have anxiety and a few suggestions how to overcome math anxiety. You might like to know writers have suggested that a young Albert Einstein was rubbish at mental arithmetic, a teachers even famously said he wouldn’t amount to anything! However with the help of his mother and a different style of teaching at a new school he was propelled towards his genius discoveries.

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Getting through school with dyscalculia

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In our link for today the story from someone who kept her troubles with math a secret. Unfortunately our school system is such that this can go unnoticed. A major reason why Dyscalculia is not diagnosed more often. Here is how she explained getting through school without anyone noticing her math troubles:

The reason that I was never tested was that I passed all my classes with As and Bs. My parents figured that I just hated math. They assumed that I just needed to apply myself. Now the reason that I got good grades was that I copied everyone’s homework and was a great student. My test scores would give me away, but the teachers were always okay to bump up my grade or give me extra credit. I was in the honors classes track, so surely I was such a good student so eager to learn that I could not get a C grade or lower.

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Living with a learning disability

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Read the story in the link for today where someone recall their youth that got majorly impacted by a learning disability. Best Quote:

After much hemming and hawing, I went and did a series of tests with trained doctors and teachers who told me that I had dyscalculia. Finally, I realized that my inability to not be able to perform in maths was not because I was dumb or didn’t pay attention. My brain couldn’t grasp these concepts, and it wasn’t my fault at all!  

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The largest neuroimaging dataset on math development

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Good news that data set is now being made available by Vanderbilt University neuroscientist James R. Booth The goal is to support the work of other researchers across the world who are working to understand how arithmetic skills develop in childhood.

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This is what you need to do in the first years of school

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A new study shows that a non-symbolic number comparison task had a significant value in the prediction of the Math competency level pointing to the need to take these kinds of tasks into account in the first years of school.

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There is no difference in gray matter

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Some detailed research with adults who have dyslexia, dyscalculia or both and they looked at differences in size or surface of the gray matter. Well the conclusion is that there is no difference we can find. This is different from other research, therefor interesting for the development of therapies.

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Can toddlers do math?

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Let’s find out by reading this Q&A session done on the Parents Science Gang blog from the UK with Dr Vic Simms a developmental psychologist working at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. Who is really interested in how children’s thinking changes over time – specifically in relation to math.

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