Help for anxiety

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Some of the students with anxiety can be helped if you use white boards. The fact that all their answers can quickly be erased when wrong gives them a feeling of security and the courage to try something more. It’s just a little tool. In our link for today we include an advertisement for wipe workbooks where you can register to get a free one.

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Math shelf a useful program

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A substantial number of childrendtypically those living in lowincome communitiesdstart kindergarten with inadequate mathematics knowledge (Griffin, 2002; Jordan, 2007; Siegler, 2009;
Starkey & Klein, 2008). Effective and scalable mathematics interventions for economically disadvantaged preschoolers are
needed because math knowledge measured at school entry predicts both secondary school academic success and future economic
opportunity (Duncan et al., 2007; Geary, Hoard, Nugent, & Bailey,
2013; Watts, Duncan, Siegler, & Davis-Kean, 2014). This study
tested Math Shelf, a tablet computer curriculum designed to
improve at risk preschoolers’ mathematics performance

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Assistive Technology and the challenges

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The use of assistive technology has helped many people with learning disabilities cope with their condition. Two issues however continue to play a role here; only one in ten people with learning disabilities gets diagnosed and only one in ten then can afford the cost of assistive technology. This is a larger challenge in Africa at the moment.

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Updated website with resources

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The good people at Maths4Everyone have updated their site and it looks nice and refreshed and is brimming with resources you could use. Some are under development and we can’t wait to see what will be coming there.

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Math with purpose

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A new website that has a focus on asking questions with a purpose. Here is what they say about their new site:

Purposeful Maths contains lots of high quality self-made teaching resources designed to encourage student thinking, improve student understanding and challenge students perceptions of mathematics.

Purposeful Maths covers the 11-16 age range and is designed around the English National Curriculum, although the topics can be applied to any curriculum worldwide.

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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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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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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.

https://www.theatlantic.com/

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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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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.’

Read all about it: HERE

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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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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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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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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Patterns are a powerful tool

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Visual patterns are a powerful tool to engage students in deep mathematical thought and exploration. The tools on Polypad can help make students’ thinking visible to classmates and teachers.

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Patterns help when you have dyscalculia

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Helping your child with dyscalculia

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The child mind institute has a nice page with tips on how to help your child with dyscalculia.

Read all about it: HERE

You can also use Dr Schreuder’s video series: MomsTeachMath

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Language matters

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Solving a mathematical problem starts with the understanding of what is asked for first. Impact Wales provides this nice list of explanations, very useful.

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Can abacus help dyscalculia?

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Students with an abacus course demonstrated better performance in arithmetic computation and spatial short-term memory after controlling for age, gender, grade, and other basic cognitive abilities. The results suggest that the abacus course could be an effective tool for DD intervention in natural education settings.

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New tool for dyscalculia?

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Via Twitter they make a passing reference to help for dyscalculia:

Often described as “dyslexia for numbers” #dyscalculia is a learning difference associated with numeracy, affecting the ability to acquire mathematical skills. Time spent with ROMBi helps build foundations for perceptual organisation, reducing issues associated with dyscalculia.

So check out the Rombi and let us know how you feel about it and if it works for you.

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Math Moms and Dads

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On facebook they now have a math Moms and math Dads support group. Go find it here

Dr Schreuder also has a video series to help parents, helping their child with math homework, see that HERE

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Spin the wheel for numeracy

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Nice new tool you can use to train numeracy. Look around on this site as it has great other tools to use also.

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Strategies to help people with dyscalculia

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Great strategies presented here by Kathleen McGarvey. Check their youtube channel for some more.

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Accelerate Learning for Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 and Beyond

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The National Center for Learning Disabilities has written a report on how we can use some opportunities to accelerate learning for students with disabilities during the pandemic and even beyond.

The report is easy to read and has real policy proposals and implementation recommendations.

Read all about it: HERE

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Clever trick for the times table of 3

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The maths factor provides some free sample lessons and in our link for today we share the clever trick they use to learn the times table of 3. Children with Dyscalculia are better served with conceptual understanding and working with manipulatives to learn times tables but this trick is just too clever not to share it.

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Manipulatives when working from home

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In these days of working from home it is still important to work with manipulatives to explain math concepts to the student. Certainly the ones who have dyscalculia.

One wonderful source for that is the polypad from Mathigon. A rich source of various colorful manipulatives. It seems the best alternative for sitting next to the student with real manipulatives.

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