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.
Listen to the story of a single mom who tried to get support for her child with dyscalculia. When that didn’t work out she took action and changed her life to support her child.
To support Moms like this Dyscalculia Services has developed a resource of over 35 videos and over 150 downloadable pages with tips, examples, tricks and games to help teach your child Math. See it at MomsTeachMath.com
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.
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.
John Bee, from the UK, writes on TES about five principles to improve math teaching. Although not specifically written for teaching children with dyscalculia, it all makes perfect sense and builds on the idea to get children to understand what they do instead of teaching a magic trick that they can replicate.
Spoiler alert: not much! Read the study that has been done among secondary school math teachers about how much they know about Dyscalculia. The researchers conclude we have some ways to go. Here is where they can start www.DyscalculiaAware.org
This is the headline of a story by Gary Hall, here is an excerpt:
Dyslexic learners often have difficulties with the language of mathematics, sequencing, orientation and memory, rather than with the mathematics itself. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. This article identifies ways in which these types of learners learn differently and strategies that can be put in place to help.
Not all on the website in the link for today will be usable for children with dyscalculia but there are many resources to build fluency. The grade levels you can choose are from the UK but the math is universal.
For many students, math can seem like a chore. Not only are the concepts sometimes tough at first, but teachers are required to keep their lessons moving at a particular pace, making it easy for any student to get lost in the classroom shuffle.
Parents however, can help make math more fun and engaging at home, helping students excel in school and enjoy themselves in the process. Here are a few ideas and tips for doing so.
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.
Great article in Today’s Parent encouraging parents to find out if their child has dyscalculia. They encourage working through the school system or go private with a hefty price tag…..
Let us add to the options provided the FREE dyscalculia screener by Dr. Schreuder on her website dyscalculiaservices.com (free registration required)
or for a more elaborate report goto DyscalculiaTesting.com where you get a low priced option to do a Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test that will provide you with a multiple pages report with gaps identified.
It can be difficult for employers to know what to do if someone has dyscalculia and wants to work at their company. How do you support someone to do the job and become successful? Well here is some advice from Prof. Amanda Kirby
We are not in the habit of promoting apps but from time to time I come across a wonderful app and will share it here anyway. This time an app that teaches Number Sense, it uses the colors and sizes of the familiar cuisenaire rods and then uses patterns and the actual numbers in a playful way to combine it all and teach children the numbers.
The ultimate goals of mathematics instruction are students understanding the material presented, applying the skills, and recalling the concepts in the future. There’s little benefit in students recalling a formula or procedure to prepare for an assessment tomorrow only to forget the core concept by next week. It’s imperative for teachers to focus on making sure that the students understand the material and not just memorize the procedures.
Here are six ways to teach for understanding in the mathematics classroom: