We’ve all heard it before; kids don’t know their math facts! While this may be true for some students, what is more important than simply memorizing multiplication facts is building a conceptual understanding of what multiplication means, how to visualize multiplication and eventually, helping students to generate their own algorithms for multiplication BEFORE they encounter any standard algorithms.
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.
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
“Maths anxiety is often confused with dyscalculia, or maths disability,” says Trupti Talekar, a Mumbai-based clinical psychologist. “Emotional disturbance that negatively affects the child’s maths performance is what constitutes maths anxiety. (On the other hand) dyscalculia is an academic disability: a skill deficit that has a neurological basis. Both can occur separately or together.”
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.
As part of her doctorate, Lopez-Pedersen is working on a research project where she and colleagues have created and coordinated supplementary measures for first-graders who have problems with mathematics. Lopez-Pedersen says it’s critical to start as early as possible with children who need help with maths skills.
“A number of studies show that children with low maths skills continue to struggle and never catch up. We also know when it’s most effective to help these kids: Students develop their math skills a lot during the early school years, which is something we also see in reading research,” she says.
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).
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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.
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.
The case for labeling is made in the article in our link for today:
Labels are tools. Labels are only words to help us define and understand phenomena we see in learning development. When we have children who struggle with learning, labels help us find resources and make connections. Most importantly, labels help us approach learning using appropriate strategies with proven effective outcomes.
Many aspects of the brain can be altered as the brain is neuroplastic. “This means that the brain can change throughout an individual’s life and with the right stimuli, it can be trained to become more efficient in spite of any brain disorders or labels that one may have been born with.”
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.
We have talked about this before but it is very important and probably parents are confronted with this choice every day.
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.
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.