Reasoning

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Reasoning is such an important part of Math. Unfortunately the children are often just evaluated on what they have right or wrong without the necessary attention to their reasoning skills. See the website from Gareth Metcalfe for some great resources.

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CPA (no not the accountant)

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Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils. Often referred to as the concrete, representational, abstract framework, CPA was developed by American psychologist Jerome Bruner. It is an essential technique within the Singapore method of teaching maths for mastery.

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Not much dyscalculia awareness in a city of 14 million people

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They did a study among teachers in Rio de Januiro (Brazil) and found out that only about 45% of them knew what dyscalculia is and an amazing low about 12% would know how to recognize it.

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The numeracy mystery

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The mindmatters blog has a great story about numeracy. It shows the research done and tries to de-mystify the numeracy and to explain how we learn to count.

A nice, short and easy to read story.

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Dyscalculia is more than you may think

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Apart from school, children with dyscalculia may also struggle with matters in their day-to-day life which includes:

• The ability to remember numbers such as phone numbers, or game scores
• Making change, counting bills, calculating a tip, splitting a check or estimating how much something will cost
• Being able to judge the length of distances and how long it will take to get from one location to another
• Remembering directions
• Distinguishing left from right
• Keeping up with games that require consistent score keeping, number strategies or counting
• Being able to read clocks and tell time

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Dyscalculia in the arts

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Pallav Chander’s art is a visual representation of his autobiography. His works concisely encapsulate his intense experiences with dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD through chaotic arrangements and bold abstract expressionism.

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At home math learning

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Check out the webpost in our link for today for some more resources to help your children do math at home. Important, certainly during the long summer months

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Pandemic impact on learning disabilities

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The shift to remote learning after the pandemic has affected children with disabilities the hardest. A recent survey in the United States underlines just how profound an impact this shift to remote learning is having on children with learning and thinking differences like ADHD and specific learning disabilities like dyslexia and dyscalculia. The survey highlights the academic, financial and emotional impact of the switch.

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Go ahead, use your fingers to do math

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A few weeks ago I (Jo Boaler) was working in my Stanford office when the silence of the room was interrupted by a phone call. A mother called me to report that her 5-year-old daughter had come home from school crying because her teacher had not allowed her to count on her fingers. This is not an isolated event—schools across the country regularly ban finger use in classrooms or communicate to students that they are babyish. This is despite a compelling and rather surprising branch of neuroscience that shows the importance of an area of our brain that “sees” fingers, well beyond the time and age that people use their fingers to count.

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Dyscalculia can hurt your career and salary opportunities

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Not one, not two, or three studies show a direct relationship between the ability to understand and master mathematical concepts and future employment and socioeconomic success. This concept is not entirely new. Education by area has always been related to the socioeconomic factor of families. However, for the psychology professors Stuart J. Ritchie and Timothy C. Bates of the University of Edinburgh, they are mathematics the ones that take the lead in this relationship.

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Capturing Developmental Dyscalculia

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See a recording of the Plenary session kindly contributed by Regina Fabry in SEMF’s 2021 Numerous Numerosity

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Treatment of Dyscalculia

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The psychologysays blog provides an overview of dyscalculia and has a slightly different take on the treatment:

In the medium term it is known to be associated with psychological problems such as low self-esteem or the onset of symptoms of depression. However, dyscalculia can be treated from psychological and psychoeducational work. For this, it is necessary to carry out a process of cognitive restructuring linked to the use of basic mathematics and self-concept. In this way, the fundamentals of mathematics are taught without which one cannot progress, and at the same time ideas that hinder learning, such as the belief that numbers do not exist, are rejected.

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Texas on special education in math

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The Texas education agency has a webpage with lots of very detailed lesson plans for topics in special education and we link to the page on math below.

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The three D’s

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The Southport school has a little series defining the three D’s in Learning Disabilities, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, and Dyslexia.

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Boost that number sense

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A resource of no less than 180 days of Number Sense routines for grades 1 to 5

These slide decks contain 180 days of Number Sense Routines for grades 1-5 (a unique set for each grade!). The files are organized into 20-day sets. The first 20 days have the same routine two days in a row with the first day designed for the teacher and the students to learn how to use the routine and then followed with a second day of the same routine (different prompt) to reinforce what was learned the day prior. Days 21-180 have the nine routines randomly spread across the slides. 

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Rekenrek gets a prime role in UK education

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In a major new initiative, the NCETM and Maths Hubs have announced a year-long programme to run in thousands of primary schools from September. It is aimed at strengthening the understanding of number, and fluency with number facts, among children in the first three years of school.

The programme is called Mastering Number and there are places for up to 6,000 schools. It is wholly consistent with and complementary to the Primary Teaching for Mastery Programme, which has been running in more than 8,000 schools since 2016.

‘The rekenrek looks like a simple piece of equipment, but it can be very powerful. Used by skilful, trained teachers it can help children move away from counting in ones to start doing basic mental calculations. We call this ‘number sense’, and research tells us that if children develop fluency and flexibility with number facts and relationships early on, they will make much more progress later, in both maths and other subjects.’

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If your school wants to get a module about rekenrek as part of your teacher professional development, contact Dr. Schreuder, see the details HERE

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Parental impact

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Dr. Lara Turci Faust, just successfully defended her (amazing) dissertation on how change in parents’ valuing of math and sports influences changes in their children’s values- and vice versa!

Contact her about it: HERE

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Spatial ability used to detect Dyscalculia

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A thesis from 1996 had as purpose:

The purpose of this study was to examine how spatial
abilities as measured on the Kaufman Assessment Battery for
Children (K-ABC) could be used to predict dyscalculia.

Spatial abilities were found to be most closely approximated on the
Spatial Memory subtest in the ability battery. This subtest
was examined in relationship to the Arithmetic subtest on the
achievement battery, and a high correlation was demonstrated.

This is interesting because there was critisism about the traditional way of assessing Dyscalculia by comparing ability (IQ) with achievement and this was a great measure to serve as an alternative.

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How much do educators in the UK know about dyscalculia?

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There is a PhD student from Loughborough University trying to find that out.

Their study has the following aims:

1. Educators’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of dyscalculia (a specific learning disorder in mathematics) and co-occurring developmental disorders.

2. Educators’ experiences of pre-qualifying and in-service training in dyscalculia and other developmental disorders.

3. Strategies and interventions that are currently working well to support children at risk of dyscalculia.

4. Educators’ perceptions about what might be beneficial in improving the outcomes of children at risk of dyscalculia. 

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Homework help tips

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The Understood organization came out today with some small but significant home work help tips for tricky math homework.

  • acknowledge feelings and effort
  • find an example math problem
  • help kids jog their memory
  • take notes on the process
  • say it’s ok

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dyscalculia research

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We had to share this research paper about interventions in teaching math to students with learning disabilities. The short is that the interventions were successful, for a longer and more in-depth see below, for the whole paper, click the read all about it link

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of utilizing explicit instruction, point-of-view video modeling, and augmented reality technology to teach mathematics to students with disabilities. A multiple probe single-case research design was used. Three students with learning disabilities who were receiving special education services in mathematics participated in the study. The results were analyzed using visual analysis of trend, level, and variability. Tau-U was calculated to be 0.98 on the participants’ overall results from baseline to intervention. The results demonstrated a functional relation between the intervention and the students’ performance on three rational number mathematics skills. Participants’ maintenance and generalization of the rational number skills were measured with variable findings. The intervention was determined to be socially valid by the participants and teachers.

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Good tips to help your dyscalculic child with homework

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A lot of moms and dads all over the globe have their kids struggling with math home assignments. The very moment they decide to help the little one, they start appreciating school teachers, who spend every single day trying to teach their kids. If the next math assignment seems to be too challenging – you’re not alone! Keep in mind that loads of parents have the same trouble.Story

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4 Ways to manage Dyscalculia

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  • Give it a name
  • Acknowledge the pain, respect the hard work
  • Acknowledge your strengths
  • Stop negative self talk

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