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.
The onemanbandaccounting has a different view on being “bad at math or numbers” and makes the point that some people use it conveniently for some purposes. Interesting read, probably has some valid points but still you should make sure you detect if it comes from Dyscalculia because there is help!
A good blog post that highlights the problems at colleges with students who need to pass math or statistics exams and have a problem with anxiety.
The best quote:
-I think making course delivery student focused as well as student led would encourage students to share responsibility for their education. Focusing on connecting with students and being perceptive as well as receptive to students’ feedback and willing to revise teaching delivery can enhance the learning climate in teaching rooms. This would promote student interaction and encourage active learning.
A team of researchers led by UChicago psychologists Sian Beilock and Susan Levine found that children of math-anxious parents learned less math over the school year and were more likely to be math-anxious themselves—but only when these parents provided frequent help on the child’s math homework. – See more at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2015/08/10/parents-math-anxiety-can-undermine-children-s-math-achievement#sthash.tRINI4Xy.gh0WKHuz.dpuf
Great article about the origins and consequences of math anxiety. The story of a girls who gets humiliated by her math teacher and the follow up over the years. Tips and referrals to resources included, a great read.
Stanford University’s Jo Boaler says teachers and parents should stop using math flash cards, stop drilling kids in addition and multiplication and especially stop forcing students to do calculations quickly under time pressure.
Good-bye Mad Minute Mondays, where teachers hand out quiz sheets with 50 problems to be completed in less than a minute. But wait – doesn’t everyone have to learn times tables? No, says Boaler.
Although her position is unorthodox, Boaler, an education professor and researcher, has spent a career trying to prove why it is the best way for kids to learn.
Fear of math represents not personal failure or a missing gene but wrongheaded “one-size-fits-all” ways of teaching. That, at least, is the theory behind a quiet revolution in math education incubated in the Bay Area that is exciting teachers even more than an elegant proof of the Pythagorean theorem.
A vanguard of math instructors is embracing ideas developed by two Stanford professors to reform math instruction. more HERE
Pamela Price writes a very nice post over on the “redwhiteandgrew” blog about how to overcome math anxiety. illustrated with some videos, you’ll be sure to get some good ideas on how to work with your child on math anxiety.
A great initiative in the UK where a school district organizes classes for parents who want to help their children with their math homework. For many parents their math classes are long ago and methods have been changed. A refresher may just be what they need.
Read all about it HERE also check out the options HERE and HERE