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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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
If you need some more hands on videos with tips and tricks and downloadable tools templates and games, you need Dr. Schreuder’s video series at https://MomsTeachMath.com
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