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.
Because of the societal stigma that comes with struggling with maths, people seem to think it’s acceptable to laugh about it. Working in a pub, I try and stick to waitressing as often as possible to get out of working the till, as I often come across customers who decide that my hesitance and double or triple checking of their change is something to laugh at or comment on. I don’t think they realise how patronising and embarrassing it is – and I don’t help myself by laughing it off or preempting it with a “bear with me, I’m awful at maths” – it’s just that I can’t look at a handful of change and tell you if it’s correct without second-guessing myself.
Distinguishing a specific learning disability from ADHD can be challenging and intimidating for parents. Overlapping symptoms make it hard to determine where ADHD ends and the learning disability begins. Knowing what to look for can make all the difference in figuring out whether your child has ADHD and dyscalculia.
Research findings suggest that cognitive and emotional mathematics problems largely dissociate and call into question the assumption that high mathematics anxiety is exclusively linked to poor mathematics performance.
Great quote: The labelling of some students sends negative messages about potential, that are out of synch with important knowledge of neuroplasticity showing that everyone’s brains can grow and change. But few people realize that those labels are damaging for those who receive them too.
A conference was held and this was one of the tips by a specialist. Please read the whole article in the link and download the conference papers for much more information.
I use Facebook for setting up study groups for my non-specialist students. My rationale is to address anxiety by connecting with students without intruding into their personal territory i.e. becoming their Facebook friends. Facebook allows academics to use an online system for posting topics for discussions, addressing students’ queries, uploading course material and monitoring their progress. These study groups are easy to set up and promote inclusive education. It is a platform students are used to and view positively.
See in our link for today how kids with dyscalculia suffer in class. Don’t let them suffer, be proactive, get them tested, get them accommodations, find a tutor. Trouble with math should be taken seriously and a quick test will give information that could lead to avoiding a childhood with trouble at school.
A post from someone describing symptoms and who is wondering if this is dyscalculia or a phobia for arithmetic. Well our advice would be to go to https://dyscalculiatesting.com and take the math and dyscalculia screening test to get a better insight in what is happening.
The blog post in the link for today makes the point for awareness of Dyscalculia very good.
Teachers, educators, counselors, and parents, check out http://DyscalculiaAware.org for all the information and resources you’ll need. From an awareness course, a resource for parents who teach math and an online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test.
Here is a Penn State Psychology prof who thinks that:
“Far more common than dyscalculia is math anxiety, which is sometimes associated with gender stereotypes,” Carlson said. “Because math is so heavily dependent on symbols, some people find equations to be intimidating. But with patience and practice, it’s possible to overcome this. Bottom line –— while there are individual differences in the ease of learning math, almost everybody is capable of learning it.”
Just launched one of our contributions to bringing awareness of Dyscalculia to all. Mainly educators and parents need to be aware of Dyscalculia and act as soon as they think a child may have a learning disability or specifically Dyscalculia.
Do the awareness training, fully online, five modules and a little test and you can get your certificate from the Dyscalculia Training Center.
It is not always easy to ask for help when you have dyscalculia and you have not been diagnosed or understood until now. Read this piece from a forum. Best quote:
‘Ask for help’ seems to be everyone’s favorite phrase, like it’s some kind of magic chant that will suddenly allow me to comprehend numbers and equations. But, it really isn’t easy for me to ask for help. Because of what my dad and other people have told me my whole life, my math confidence is absolutely crushed and I struggle to even answer things in class that I know because I think that I’ll just get it wrong and peole will laugh at me. It’s no help when all of my friend are extremely good at math either.
On the Gen Twenty blog a wonderful explanation from someone who apparently has all the symptoms of Dyscalculia and Math Anxiety and how she discovered that she needs to change her attitude about the problem to be successful in working on it.
The most important ingredient for overcoming math anxiety and a learning disability, in my experience, is an attitude change.