Struggle leads to solutions

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Someone who struggled through his school career eventually decided to make a software package to help other students who equally struggle with math and he named it happy numbers. See in the link of the day a  preview of one this programs modules.

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How we think about math matters

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Math is one of those subjects that is poorly understood by both children and adults. This is because whereas pre-school math is about practical problem solving, noticing patterns, recognizing shapes in your environment and learning to count, secondary and high school math instruction becomes more abstract. It often focuses on rote learning and solving equations in books – think arithmetic and times tables – which can turn students off and cause them to believe math skills aren’t relevant to their day to day life.

Read all about it: HERE

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Missing out

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We are not at the conference from the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society, but we are sure missing out. So we follow the twitter feed for some news and updates and saw this wonderful poster presentation floating by.

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Help battling test anxiety

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On top of Dyscalculia, also Test anxiety can make the problem a lot worse. It does not really matter if dyscalculia caused the test anxiety or that the child developed a math learning disability due to the test anxiety, the fact is that it is there and now how do you help them get over it? See our link for today for more.

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Dyscalculia go ahead and label it

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The case for labeling is made in the article in our link for today:

Labels are tools. Labels are only words to help us define and understand phenomena we see in learning development. When we have children who struggle with learning, labels help us find resources and make connections. Most importantly, labels help us approach learning using appropriate strategies with proven effective outcomes.

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Other ways Dyscalculia can affect you

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We know people with dyscalculia have trouble with basic arithmetic but here is a conversation with someone explaining some other issues that cause them problems:

Then there’s the no sense of time, direction or spatial awareness aspects. Since numbers don’t make much sense to me, I easily lose track of time and am always late. If you leave me in a large paper bag, I will get lost. Making mental maps, reading maps, finding my way about is another set of tasks my brain misfires on. I walk into immovable objects a lot. Doors, door frames, the occasional wall and more can all bear witness to this. No those bruises are not dodgy, and yes I really did walk into a door. I forget how long my arms are, how wide my shoulders are and prang them constantly.

Read all about it: HERE

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plan for the summer

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When progress has been made in school, summer is not a time for “taking off.” Summer learning loss has been recognized as an issue since the beginning of the 20th century. For students who struggle in school, the loss can add up to being several months behind when school begins in August or September. It is best to have a plan in place to continue the good work in reading, math and writing.

Read all about it: HERE

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Dyscalculia, Higher education and the work place

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Good article by the dyslexia association about the trouble for people with dyscalculia to get into higher education and finding their way in the workplace.

Read all about it: HERE

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Yes you can retrain the brain

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Many aspects of the brain can be altered as the brain is neuroplastic. “This means that the brain can change throughout an individual’s life and with the right stimuli, it can be trained to become more efficient in spite of any brain disorders or labels that one may have been born with.”

 

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Can a computer have Dyscalculia?

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Of course not but as you can read in the story for the day, it looks like this part of that computer has one of the symptoms of Dyscalculia and cannot get the basic math as correct as it should. It seems to have something to do with its memory, which is interesting as dyscalculia also has a lot to do with your memory.

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Math talks (by parents) improve math scores

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Get ready parents, here is some new research about how YOU can help your children:

A new study suggests that parents should expose their young children to larger numbers to help them advance their math skills.

The study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found a positive correlation between parents who discussed numbers greater than 10 and their children’s math ability.

Read all about it: HERE

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Make your IEP work

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Howard Margolis writes a very insightful article about a step by step approach to getting to a successful IEP when there is disagreement between several parties. If just everyone would follow his recommendations, life would be so much easier for our children.

Read all about it: HERE

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Dyscalculia is so unknown

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It looks like the stories pop up everywhere, about how unknown dyscalculia is. HERE is a story from a girl who talks back to all the people that didn’t help her during the school years. And in the link for today an article from the Gazette about it.

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The hidden classroom problem

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There is much work yet to be done to get dyscalculia as widely recognised and acknowledged as dyslexia. I sincerely hope that will not be too far in the future.

Read all about it: HERE

Become Dyscalculia Aware,  do the Awareness Training, http://DyscalculiaAware.org 

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Important! 504 or IEP

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We have talked about this before but it is very important and probably parents are confronted with this choice every day.

The short:

An IEP is legally enforceable and has legal guidelines and time frames. An IEP follows a student from school to school or state to state. A 504 is not legally enforceable and doesn’t follow a child nor are there legal guidelines.

Read all about it: HERE or check out the website from Wrights Law

Another great source of information is the Understood website who have an easy comparison chart

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It is Pi day but did you know…..

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Happy Pi day but it is also Einstein’s birthday.

Enough reason to browse through our brochure to see all the services our mothersite provides while munching on some delicious Pi

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One problem for struggling AND advanced learners

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According to our research, 67% of teachers said that the ability for teachers to challenge the advanced learners was a barrier to mainstream adoption of the mastery approach. See how one, deceptively simple, maths question can be accessed at different levels by both struggling and advanced learners. Filmed at the ‘Motivating Maths Conference’ in Derby (November ’16) and featuring Judy Hornigold, Maths – No Problem! training consultant.

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Guidance on teaching Math

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The Education Endowment Foundation has published guidelines for primary and secondary teachers on how to boost math skills with children. They make the following observations:

  • Pupils should master basic mental arithmetic – addition, subtraction, multiplications and division – and be able to recall their times tables quickly. Those who don’t may well have difficulty with more challenging maths later in school.

  • Pupils sometimes think “multiplication makes bigger, division makes smaller”. This is accurate with numbers greater than 1, but isn’t right when applied to numbers less than 1. So, 5 x 5 =25 but 0.5 x 0.5 = 0.25.

  • Learning how to add fractions together can often cause difficulty. For example, many think the answer to 1/8 + ½ is 2/10. Teachers can help pupils to understand that the right answer is 5/8 using diagrams which help to visualise the different values of fractions.

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Computer-assisted Neurocognitive rehabilitation not that effective?

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Intering results that will need some follow up:

The results of covariance analysis showed that cognitive rehabilitation interventions did not lead to a significant difference between the experimental and control groups in inhibitory, omission, commission and reaction time scores

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Brain activity of dyslectic and dyscalculic students more similar than we thought

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Here are the highlights of this new study:

 

  • fMRI was used to investigate the neural correlates of arithmetic in children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, comorbid dyslexia/dyscalculia and controls.
  • Univariate and multivariate analyses pointed towards substantial neural similarity between children with learning disorders
  • Despite behavioral differences, brain activity profiles of children with learning disorders in the context of arithmetic appear to be more similar than initially thought

 

Read all about it: HERE

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Context is important

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New learning requires the linking of new information with information they already know and understand, we should be intentionally planning our lessons with this in mind. A great place to start new learning is through the use of a meaningful context and utilizing concrete manipulatives that students can touch and feel. When we teach in this way, we minimize the level of abstraction so students can focus their working memory on the new idea being introduced in a meaningful way.

Read all about it: HERE

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