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:
Universal music comes out with this handbook in order to encourage the music industry to have more neurodiversity.
The handbook highlights that while almost all creative companies recognise the value of neurodiversity – with ND people more than likely to have creative talents – only very few have ND-friendly policies and practices. The book gives practical solutions for companies to change this, offering ways for them to make their recruitment, mentorship and career progression more accessible to ND people.
See the link in for today. A new study confirms that people using Jump Math do make significant increases in their math performance.
A research team from The Hospital for Sick Children and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto released a noteworthy study that followed students over the course of two years in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) funded by the US Department of Education. The results of the extensive study showed positive effects in elementary grades on a range of math outcomes for students in the JUMP Math group. At the end of this two-year study, progress of the JUMP Math students was equal to or significantly greater than the control group on every measure of achievement and often greater than expected progress based on test norms.
To make technology accessible for people with cognitive disabilities, we need to have a broad understanding of these types of disabilities. A disability is a condition that limits a major life activity. Communicating, learning and working are examples of major life activities. Some types of cognitive disabilities are aphasia, autism, attention deficit, dyslexia, dyscalculia, intellectual and memory loss. In our link for today a handy guide that explains it all and gives some great advice on how to ensure that technology remains accessible also for people with cognitive disabilities.
The ADHD foundation has published a comic for neuro divers children. It is a story about children with a variety of learning disabilities who go from being bullied and being unhappy at a school to finding help and new friends and their learning disabilities seen as normal..
Best quote:”It is normal for children to be different”
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