The weareteachers blog brings us a great article with lots of do’s and don’ts for the online teaching that is now so much the norm. The tips are not specific for dyscalculia but most of them apply in general, good read.
As the current Pandemic forces us to work online with our students, we need to ever more try and keep things visual for them. It is important for children with Dyscalculia to see visual interpretations of the math operations they are working with. Mathisvisual is a great website that has lots of resources for this.
Although we don’t believer there are Math and non Math people in this world, the article from the NY times is well meant and gives good pointers to help your students work their math problems.
Please do not forget Dr Schreuder also has her video series MomsTeachMath with over 100 downloadable tools, templates, games and activities and videos on how to work with your students, now with 50% off to help all those homeschooling-not-by-choice parents.
These days people are more and more working remotely. Our children with dyscalculia need the support from manipulatives to help them grasp the concepts. In our link for today a range of virtual manipulatives. Not as good as the real thing but great instead of just writing numbers and words.
From the good people of numberdyslexia we link to a blog post with 10 apps for dyscalculia. We are not convinced that some of the apps deliver what they promise, specifically the usefulness of brain training apps has been doubted in scientific studies but nevertheless the overriding majority of these apps are great and show good support for our students.
A wonderful site posts pictures and then has questions for every grade level about the picture. Every day a new picture. It is not specifically for your Dyscalculic child but it will work for them as it brings Math into the real world so they can see that math is not invented by their teacher at school but actually is part of everyday life.
Numberlines are difficult for students with dyscalculia. There are various ways to deal with that but one of the fun ones is to do board games with your student. One boardgame that will work well is “snakes and ladders” as they will be counting up and down and move all over the board. If you don’t have it, you can play it online also but that takes away much of the benefit, yet to get your student enthusiastic about it we include it in our link for the day.
Young children may get the impression that Math is something only math teachers do or only exists in school and in books. Parents do good by pointing out Math all through the house and their daily errands. Now Kara Newhouse has written a great blog post highlighting books that help to Humanize Math.
The = sign is often misunderstood. It may be because the calculators use it to provide an answer so students start thinking that = means “an answer is coming” Where in reality it only means “equality”. See the blog post in our link for today that explains it clearly.
The wonderful Kahn academy has now also embraced the process of spiral review.
In an email they explained it as follows:
We’re thrilled to announce that one of the most requested features in Khan Academy’s history is coming to you on February 3: Personalized Spiral Review in Course Mastery!What’s Spiral Review? Spiral Review provides spaced repetition of the skills your students have already started practicing. Research shows that by spiraling these skills over time and across lessons, students minimize learning loss and boost knowledge retention.What does it look like for students? Starting February 3, your students will start unlocking Mastery Challenges at the top of the course page in Course Mastery-enabled math classes whenever they’ve:
Achieved Familiarity in at least three skills
And reached Proficiency in at least one skill
And then they’ll get six personalized questions (based on time elapsed since last practice and level of proficiency) to hone their expertise:
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