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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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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A good trick for my dyscalculia is to look for the patterns in the numbers instead of focusing on the numbers themselves. Repetition & ratios are easier to visualise as cartoony pictures in my head, so the actual numbers become less important. #Dyscalculia
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.
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.
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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