Squeaky wheels

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Research shows girls with ADHD miss out on school support. The special needs jungle blog brings this story about how girls loose out on school support. They are considered the squeaky wheel and their other complaints are not recognized as much as with boys.

Read all about it: HERE

Can fish do math?

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Dr Butterworth wrote a book called “can fish count” ;Now a study from Germany’s University of Bonn tested the mathematical abilities of several freshwater stingrays. The researchers showed a fish a card containing four shapes, such as small circles or squares. All the shapes were blue. They then showed it two new cards: one with three blue shapes and one with five. If the fish touched its nose to the card with three shapes, it went away without a treat. Touching its nose to the card with five shapes, however, earned it a treat. Over time, the fish learned that blue shapes on the original card meant it needed to “add one” to the original number of shapes.

Read all about it: HERE

Suggestions to improve math for 7 to 14 year olds

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The Education Endowment Foundation has made recommendations where there are research findings that schools can use to make a significant difference to pupils’ learning, and have focused on the questions that appear to be most salient to practitioners. 

Read all about it: HERE

Dyscalculia Fact sheet for schools

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The KidsHealth.org blog has this short but very effective fact sheet on Dyscalculia for schools and it gives warning signs for teachers but also options on what to do with children who have Dyscalculia.

You can also use https://DyscalculiaScreener.org

or https://DyscalculiaTesting.com to find out what may cause the student’s trouble with math.

Read all about it: HERE

Retrieval practice

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Retrieval practice is essentially the process of generating an answer to a question. Not only does it allow students to test how much they have retained of a certain piece of information, it exercises their retrieval of it.

Research has shown that not only is retrieval practice a highly effective learning strategy, but also that its effects can be seen across many different disciplines, including vocabulary, maths and science.

There are many ways to apply retrieval practice practically, with strategies including:

  • Using past papers
  • Doing multiple-choice tests
  • Using flashcards
  • Answering questions out loud
  • Writing down everything you remember
  • Sketching your answer out

Read all about it: HERE