Looking at angles

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This little gadget lets us estimate angles. A nice distracting game to play and it will help the conversation about the system of angles with your students. Thanks to NRICH enriching mathematics for the link.

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Maya Math

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See the wonderful way the people in Mexico use the ancient Maya method of calculation to teach the children. This is badly needed as the comparison show:

Maths is one of the areas in which Mexican students are failing most comprehensively, according to the OECD’s latest Pisa evaluations, which assess student performance around the world at age 15. Despite being Latin America’s second-biggest economy, Mexico ranks bottom of the class in maths among OECD member countries and 58th overall, of the 72 nations ranked.

Some 57 per cent of Mexican students fail to reach the baseline proficiency in maths — significantly worse than the OECD average of 23 per cent.

Read all about it: HERE

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Just a simple game of math

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Working on math with children doesn’t have to be complilcated. See the fun game Simon Gregg did with his class.A Cuisenaire race game: roll the dice and take the corresponding rod. Who gets to thirty first?

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The app wheel on a poster

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From the University of Edinburgh comes the wheel with Math related apps. We have shown it before but this one is updated and easy to print at home or click on the icons to find the apps.

Read all about it: HERE

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Apply Design Thinking to Teaching

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A wonderful blog post on the e-learningcoach blog, written by Connie Malamed.

In short she proposes to apply some design thinking to teaching instead of working from a systems perspective. It involves empathizing with the audience. Read it for some fresh views on Teaching design.

Read all about it: HERE

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Tips for teaching

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Great story with some nice tips for teachers to help students with learning disabilities. Some are more practical than others but I want to draw you to a super quote in the article:

It is a disservice to underestimate the intelligence and potential for success of students with a learning disability and other disabilities. Learning disabilities are not indicative of low intelligence. Some of the most daunting disabilities have been overcome by some of the world’s most successful people. Galileo had a visual impairment. Elton John has epilepsy. James Earl Jones had a speech impediment. John F. Kennedy had a learning disability. Howard Hughes had OCD, as does David Beckham. Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt suffered from bipolar disorder, as do Buzz Aldrin and Jim Carrey.

Read all about it: HERE

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Dyscalculia and Art

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Here’s a couple of quotes:

“Problems centred in the left side of the brain like Asperger’s, ADD, dyslexia, dyscalculia and motor skills can be improved through art therapy.

“There’s much neurological research done that shows we’re increasing the right side of the brain through colour and visualising and using cognitive interaction.

“Problem-solving is a creative process and art is very beneficial to reduce stress and anxiety.”

Read all about it: HERE

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Teaching subtraction

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Today we highlight a post from The Recovering Traditionalist. She is a believer is CGI and here is her point about it:

I am of the belief of what is known as Cognitively Guided Instruction or CGI, and it is to use the knowledge and understanding of what our students have currently and use that to determine what should be our next course of action. If you Google Cognitively Guided Instruction, you’ll find a lot of information about it but the general premise is that we give students mathematical problems in a context and then just let them solve it, see how they’re solving it and then we use that to try to make their strategies a bit more efficient and to help them become more flexible with their strategies.

Read all about it: HERE

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Adults have learning disabilities too

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You may have been struggling with it all of your life. In the link for today are some tips to find out if you would have a learning disability.

When you believe that you may have a Math Learning Disability or Dyscalculia, you can do the online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test at https://dyscalculiatesting.com

Read all about it: HERE

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Spot the learning Disability

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It is hard to recognize a learning disability in your child. Many parents do not want to see it, many parents eventually see it late.

We all want the best for our children and one of the ways to ensure they get the support they deserve in school is to be on the lookout for signs that may indicate something is going on. If you are not sure, TEST, it can never hurt.

You can do a FREE Dyscalculia Screener HERE (free registration required)

Or at DyscalculiaTesting.com you can do a more comprehensive Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test for $27.50

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Dyscalculia and Photography

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Read this interesting story about a would be photographer who didn’t get passed using the iphone with instagram, until at a workshop the workings of the NIKON camera were explained in such a way that a person with dyscalculia could understand it.

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Dyscalculia fact sheet

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In our link for today a Dyscalculia fact-sheet, made by kidshealth.com, that gives you in a very abbreviated form the highlights of what Dyscalculia is.

If teachers or counselors want to be more educated in their own time, online, they can sign up for the Dyscalculia Awareness Training at DyscalculiaAware.org

Read all about it: HERE

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Testing for Dyscalculia does not have to break the bank

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If you think your kid might have a learning disability in math, the first step is to talk to her teacher. Learning disabilities like dyscalculia are diagnosed with a psycho-educational assessment performed by a psychologist. This can be done within the school system (although wait times can be long) or it can be done privately (prices typically range from $1,500 to $2,500).

Dyscalculia Services has developed an affordable way to diagnose the condition with their online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test.

Even when a full test needs to be done their prices do not get anywhere near the amounts mentioned in the article in the link.

Read all about it: HERE

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Finger Training Intervention

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Very interesting study about finger training and how interventions involving the fingers may improve skills:

This study has shown that an intervention that combines finger training with number games can improve quantitative skills among 6–7-year-old children. It supports the findings of previous research arguing for a functional relationship between finger gnosis and numeracy. We argue that this study provides evidence that fingers represent a means for children to bridge between other (verbal, symbolic, and non-symbolic) representations of number and that this contributes to children’s developing understanding. The large effect size suggests that with further refinement and replication, the combined finger training and number games intervention could be a useful tool for teachers to use to support children’s developing understanding of number.

Read all about it: HERE

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Learn math from the Incas

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Cusco-born systems engineer Dhavit Prem teaches a playful way to use the Inca Yupana (abacus) with the Tawa Pukllay, a four-game basic arithmetic method born in the same brilliant minds behind engineering feats like majestic Machu Picchu.

The Inca device can be found in the chronicles of Peruvian commentator Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, dating back to viceroyalty times.

In statements to Andina news agency, Prem explained the key feature differentiating the Tawa Pukllay from other math methods lies in the approach: it is based on shapes and movements rather than formulas.

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