Great concept here: Grades are like apples, they are nice but they don’t last. When you take care of the apple tree, you’ll have apples for life.
7 yrs ago we started a new 6th form. I did an assembly, telling the kids that grades were like apples. Nice, but they don’t last. Look after the tree, then you get apples for life. 5 years ago, that cohort left, giving me an apple tree. Yesterday I picked my 1st apple. pic.twitter.com/DgmLVoUdoc
Recommendations from recent research in Nigeria are listed below. Please read the full report in our link for today:
Based on the discussions of the findings, the following recommendation were made:
Dyscalculia test should be adopted by parents, school administrators and counselors to assess students who may be having difficulty in mathematics or arithmetic for proper diagnosis
Assessment instruments used within the school system be it at primary, secondary or higher institutions should be subjected to the DIF analysis for bias item analysis as this would provide the necessary statistical evidence that a particular assessment instrument is not bias.
A, small, new research showed various causes of the problems with arithmetic:
Our results show that differences in performance between the two groups of children were significant for addition but not for multiplication. Moreover, concerning additions, children with dyscalculia presented more difficulties for non-tie (e.g., 3 + 4) than tie problems (e.g., 3 + 3). Altogether, our results support the fact that, in our sample, the difficulties encountered by children with dyscalculia in arithmetic were due to working memory limitations or, alternatively, to a deficit in the automatization of counting procedures.
The story is a bit more complex. Brand new, not even published, research shows that Mathematics-gender stereotype endorsement influences mathematics anxiety, self-concept, and performance differently in men and women. A very interesting find in a large study among university students. Read the pre-print abstract in our link for today.
Finding out I’m neurodiverse and coming to terms with my learning disability brought me comfort. It made all those years of confusion and frustration make sense. I also felt less lonely knowing so many others out there share my struggles. I’m more kinder on myself when I “can’t math” in a given moment and take my time instead of quickly giving up. There’s still a low awareness of dyscalculia, but I hope in due time, it’ll be as widely known as other learning disabilities such as dyslexia so that those like me can get diagnosed early and provided the proper assistance in overcoming challenges to excel in life.
Math is hard. Dyscalculia, a math learning disability, can make learning and calculating numbers downright painful. Persistent difficulties with math can also lead to intense overwhelm and feelings of academic dread, also known as math anxiety. Beyond understanding and recognizing the condition, educators should address dyscalculia-related challenges and strive to make learning math a fun, positive experience.
Having trouble getting maths students to show their workings? Write on the board "and they all lived happily ever after." and ask if they would hand the story in to their English teacher and tell the teacher they did the rest of the story in their head.
Often students get overwhelmed when doing math or when seeing math and not even working on it. They get the impression that they will not be able to successfully complete the assignment and may give up prematurely. When you however chart what you already know and think that through, you may be surprised by what you discover you can actually do. Math anxiety is hard to overcome but you often know more than you may think. @Howie_hua made this picture that is a nice illustration of it.
Some people will dismiss their or their children’s problems and mistakes with math as “oh just a careless mistake”. The truth is that these mistakes may actually be a sign that you or your child has a math learning disability, dyscalculia.
Don’t delay and get it diagnosed properly so you’ll know what is really happening and can find the help you deserve for the condition.
Research shows that children who have trouble recognizing and working with Arabic numerals (our regular number system) most likely will have trouble with arithmetic later in their school career. This means that we could already recognize math learning difficulties in KG and thus be proactive with our interventions.
We are beta testing the Math Assessment Reasoning Strategies system at MathStrategy.org
This tool is to help Teachers, Tutors, Counselors and Parents assess the status of the reasoning and strategies the student can apply in the various math operations. It is important when we want to help our students progress through the phases of learning that we not only assess by tallying right and wrong answers but that we also, and maybe mainly assess their reasoning and strategies to get to the answers. The system will, after you have entered your observations, make an analysis by operation and provide a status, the next steps and suggestions for activities to get there. Dr. Schreuder introduces the system in the below video.
Table Fables is a novel approach to learning time tables. The novelty is that they have a plan to encourage the children to practice their tables every day for a number of consecutives days and then they will be able to get a reward.
So other than most programs, here hard work and consistent learning is rewarded rather than getting it right. The program is based on the peg memory system and every number is related to a character who will interact with other characters in funny videos to reveal the answer to a multiplication problem.
There are various levels of practice and checking to help the children through this process.
You can try it free for seven days and you can book a free class HERE
Having dyscalculia does not have to mean that you cannot succeed in life. In fact you can reach your full potential as the well known people listed on the numberdyslexia blog have shown.
Dyscalculia does not have an impact on your IQ, how smart you are, it just means that your brains are wired different and you may come up with other things than most people. This is why the industry starts to wake up to the value of neurodivers people and starts to recruit specifically for them.
Honeybees count landmarks when navigating toward sources of nectar. Lionesses tally the number of roars they hear from an intruding pride before deciding whether to attack or retreat. Some ants keep track of their steps; some spiders keep track of how many prey are caught in their web. One species of frog bases its entire mating ritual on number: If a male calls out — a whining pew followed by a brief pulsing note called a chuck — his rival responds by placing two chucks at the end of his own call. The first frog then responds with three, the other with four, and so on up to around six, when they run out of breath.
Certainly in this day and age of virtual classes it is difficult to give the children with dyscalculia a sense of how to work with manipulatives. Well the polypad from mathigon is a great tool and one of our favorites. See someone in the link for today demonstrate it.
An article from Karen Archer caught our eye. She explains about Dyscalculia, what it is and what to do about it. One paragraph is very interesting though:
Maths difficulties are best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, with Dyscalculia at one end of the spectrum – distinguishable from other maths issues due to the severity of difficulties with number sense, including subitising, symbolic and non-symbolic magnitude comparison, and ordering. Dyscalculia can occur in isolation, but often co-occurs with other specific learning difficulties. Estimates vary, but most experts believe that between three to six percent of the population have symptoms of Dyscalculia and therefore, although your child may be struggling with maths, it is unlikely that he or she is truly Dyscalculic.
Her point it that there is a range of math troubles and Dyscalculia is at the one end but there are more issues that can cause math troubles. So always good to get a diagnosis to be sure.
The process of having your child evaluated for learning difficulties, meeting with the school, interpreting test results, and deciding how to help your child is daunting. And it’s one countless parents will have to navigate. One in five students face learning and thinking difficulties such as dyslexia, ADHD, trouble with written expression, dyscalculia, and others”. The school can evaluate your child for free. Or you can hire a private evaluator, which costs $1,000 to $5,000, depending on where you live and the specialist doing the test.
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