Memorization vs Automaticity

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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.

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Don’t you hate that math homework

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The understood organization has some great tips for when you need to help your child with their math homework, some do’s and don’ts.

You can also take a look at Dr Schreuder’s video series at MomsTeachMath.com

Read all about it: HERE

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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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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

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Is it Anxiety or Dyscalculia? Or both?

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“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.”

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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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The approach from Finland

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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.

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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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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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

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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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Dyscalculia go ahead and label it

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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.

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Yes you can retrain the brain

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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.”

 

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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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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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