Artificial intelligence helps students with learning disabilities

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Interesting article about the various ways artificial intelligence can help both students and educators who are confronted with learning disabilities.

Read all about it: HERE

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That growth mindset really works.

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See the message from Jo Boaler about a study they did to prove that when teachers work on changing children’s mindset the kids DO make more progress than their control group. This is just another piece of evidence that teachers would do well to work on the mindset for great results.

Read all about it: HERE

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Math games for the vacation time

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You probably all have heard about the “summer slide”. It is the phenomenon whereby children who have worked so hard to acquire some math skills over the summer vacation tend to slide back in their knowledge and lose some of their newly acquired insights.

The good people at the understood website have put together a little list of responsible math games to play with them to keep them in good shape and have some fun too.

Read all about it: HERE

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Prevent the summer (math) slide

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The good people at Commonsense Media have put together a post with five math games that will keep your youngsters from gliding back in math over the summer.

All available from their phone or tablet, go check it out. Thank you Christine Elgersma

Read all about it: HERE

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A math free game

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Many of the games these days rely on doing some math and making calculations to concur the universe, or whatever the goal is. Here comes “Skulldred” that is changing all of this with a math free game. It is still in closed beta but you can download a sample. Tell us what you think

Read all about it: HERE

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The Counting Game

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We have not read this book ourselves yet but it comes highly recommended, let us know what you think of it. The book’s main character has dyscalculia and the book follows him on his journey through life.

Read all about it: HERE

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Everyone should do this Math Course

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Yes everyone should do this Math course, you won’t regret it and it will teach you most likely new things you never figured about math.

Did I mention is it FREE and from Stanton?

Read all about it: HERE

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Happy Mother’s day, here is your gift

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Enjoy 50% of our video series for parents who want to help their children with math homework. Dr Schreuder demonstrates her favorite ways of teaching and about 150 pages of downloadable sheets with activities, templates and games are included.

Read all about it: HERE

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Technology for Dyscalculia

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Acer for education brings this story about great technology people with dyscalculia can use. One of them is:

EquatIO by Texthelp  an extension of Chrome browser that allows students to type, write by hand and dictate equations, formulas or other math operations directly on the computer.

Thanks to this program, children can better visualize complex math operations and problems, saving time and effort, without the need to know how to use codes or complicated mathematical languages.

Read all about it: HERE

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ADHD abuse

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from a tweet:

My son has a misdiagnosis of ADHD to qualify for special education in math because the state doesn’t recognize dyscalculia as a thing. zero s*** about her needs or education.

This is very unfortunately and that school district or state education department would do well to follow the Dyscalculia Awareness training at http://DyscalculiaAware.org

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That numeracy map

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Here is a tweet from Tom Renwick

Having researched alleviation strategies for dyscalculia I’ve found the 10 to be the best table for starting to share the concepts of multiplication and division. It seems to open doors more easily? Here we see how 10+10+10+10 (4×10) makes 40 and 40 needs 4 steps of 10 (40/10=4).

To appreciate this see his site in the link for today

Read all about it: HERE

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Games for children with Dyscalculia

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Look at the wonderful post on teachwire.net with games for children with dyscalculia. It has been taken from a publication by Judy Hornigold and you should all look at it and play those games with your struggling students.

Read all about it: HERE

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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.

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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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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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.

Read all about it: HERE

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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.

Read all about it: HERE

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Screening instrument for Dyscalculia

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Early screening for Dyscalculia is very important to ensure the children get adequate support as soon as possible and prevent later possible Math Anxiety.

Dyscalculia Services has a screener/checklist on their website and many people use that. Now they have also launched this Quick Dyscalculia Screener Checklist as an app for Android (iphone will follow later).

This is a great way to get a fast early screening done. As a teacher you can install it on your phone and screen your whole class to get an early read on who is at risk for Dyscalculia.

You can find the app: HERE

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Connect math to the real world

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Thanks to @MrOrr_geek   who shares with us some lessons connected to real life. It is important to keep your lessons connected to something the children can relate to. With all the fancy lesson plans and shiny new technology it may sometimes be overwhelming for students and they may be able to do the lesson but not see the connection with real life. The lesson in the link for today are great and will solve that issue.

Read all about it: HERE

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