Ali, a math teacher who publishes on Medium, shares his choice of 7 very nice math games. They are not all perfect for children with Dyscalculia but they all help with understanding math and in the area of edu – tainment they all fall on the edu side of things.
From the LDA newsletter we bring this wonderful story about ways to more effectively have children remember their math:
In their book The Kinesthetic Classroom, Traci Lengel and Mike Kuczala cite studies that show us how learning certain concepts through movement is efficient and long-lasting.
Movement gives learning experiences something fresh and new, which the brain likes. This novelty helps keep the attention of the students, making their learning efficient. It’s been my experience over years of using movement in math class that even those students who are timid and reluctant to participate at first are nevertheless paying attention and are interested in what’s going on around them. Their brains are still activated.
Rekenrek, originally invented by the Dutch mathematician Adrian Treffers. Being native Dutch, Dr Schreuder is available to train you and your staff in the use of the Rekenrek in the classroom or when tutoring children.
The Rekenreks are being made locally in Jinja, Uganda, ready for when we fly out to work with schools in July 😍 pic.twitter.com/h8IhLLyBAz
In this paper, we present a way of describing variation in young children’s learning of elementary arithmetic within the number range 1–10. Our aim is to reveal what is to be learnt and how it might be learnt by means of discerning particular aspects of numbers. The Variation theory of learning informs the analysis of 2184 observations of 4- to 7-year-olds solving arithmetic tasks, placing the focus on what constitutes the ways of experiencing numbers that were observed among these children
According to the Pathways to Mathematics model [LeFevre et al. (2010), Child Development, Vol. 81, pp. 1753–1767], children’s cognitive skills in three domains—linguistic, attentional, and quantitative—predict concurrent and future mathematics achievement. We extended this model to include an additional cognitive skill, patterning, as measured by a non-numeric repeating patterning task.
We all know how important it is to show your child that math is everywhere around you and not invented by their teacher to make their life difficult. Well in our link for today some tips on how to bring math in your child’s life by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
In this new study children who exhibited knowledge of the connections between the base-ten-blocks and written number symbols had higher posttest and transfer test scores relative to children who did not exhibit knowledge of these connections.
From the UK a new approach to learn times tables. Times tables are important and there are many ways people try to teach them. This idea centers around a stick that they use to explain the tables and groups of multiplications that fit together. They also have a youtube channel to support the method. When you have tried many methods, here is just one extra you can try.
Student-centered IEP meetings can be held at any developmental level – even if the student isn’t attending the meeting. It’s up to district leadership to determine if student involvement in the IEP meeting is developmentally appropriate. If the student doesn’t attend the meeting, they can still be involved in the IEP process.
Here is some research about what parental involvement with math (homework) can do with their children’s math achievement. Here is the short of the conclusions:
Parents’ involvement in homework (vs. activities) was more affectively negative (d = .34), particularly among parents low in self-efficacy (d = .23). The more affectively negative parents’ involvement, particularly in homework, the poorer children’s later math motivation and achievement (βs = −.09 to .20).
A very comprehensive review of math apps for small children with recommendations about design and content for parents and teachers to look out for.
part of their summary:
Overall, these results demonstrate that many of the commercial educational apps for young children that are categorised as ‘maths’, are not necessarily reflective of best practices in app content and design. 58 Can Maths Apps Add Value to Young Children’s Learning? Most apps did not comprehensively capture all areas of mathematical development, nor did they adequately include features of personalisation, such as explanatory feedback and programmatic personalisation, which this research has shown maximises children’s outcomes in app-based learning. This demonstrates the limited options for identifying high-quality maths apps currently available for parents and teachers and highlights the need to improve the meaningful categorisation of educational apps on the app stores to facilitate parent and teacher choice.
Researchers lead by Flavia H. Santos set out to develop a Developmental Dyscalculia Assessment:
Developmental Dyscalculia (DD) signifies a failure in representing quantities, which impairs the performance of basic math operations and schooling achievement during childhood. The lack of specificity in assessment measures and respective cut-offs are the most challenging factors to identify children with DD, particularly in disadvantaged educational contexts. This research is focused on a numerical cognition battery for children, designed to diagnose DD through 12 subtests.
Santos, F.H.; Ribeiro, F.S.; Dias-Piovezana, A.L.; Primi, C.; Dowker, A.; von Aster, M. Discerning Developmental Dyscalculia and Neurodevelopmental Models of Numerical Cognition in a Disadvantaged Educational Context. Brain Sci.2022, 12, 653. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12050653
Rather than debating whether “discovery learning” or “the basics” are most important for children, more attention is needed to support the development of children’s thinking about quantities and space.
The UK is introducing a mandatory multiplication tables test in primary school They already have tests for numeracy, literacy, communication and language. When done right this would be an early screening for dyscalculia, should the US follow?
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