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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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.

Read all about it: HERE

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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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