Helping your student when you are not a math person

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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.

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Some technology to help students with learning disabilities

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Mashable shares an interview and some nice resources to use when you are teaching a student with learning disabilities or attention problems. Not all of them free unfortunately.

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Some virtual help while teaching remotely

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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.

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Resources hub for special educators

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Nearly 30 disability rights and education advocacy organizations have launched a new resource hub and online network designed to help special educators during the coronavirus crisis.

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Jumping frogs

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From the wondermomwannabe blog we bring you a Jumping Frog activity to do with your students to have a bit of fun.

With some imaginations you can think of a lot of math games you could do with this, be creative, let us know.

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10 free apps for Dyscalculia

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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.

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Talking Math

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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.

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When numberlines are difficult

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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.

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Percentages Mental Math

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The Number dyslexia site introduces a way to quickly be able to do percentages mentally. Please try this with your Dyscalculic student and let us know how it goes.

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Math in real life

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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.

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The Trouble with =

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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.

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Special needs resources

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Not new but a great resource for teaching and working with children who have special needs. The nice people at Special Needs Resource and Training Blog provide this for you.

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Kahn supports Spiral review

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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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First handbook for supporting neurodiversity in the creative industries

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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.

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top ten tips to teach students with dyscalculia

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See the top ten tips to teach students with dyscalculia as given by the Dyscalculia Association in the UK

  1. Use concrete materials, such as Cuisenaire rods or base ten materials
  2. Spend time exploring these and don’t take them away too soon, they will help to develop the child’s understanding.
  3. Play games with dice and dominoes so that the child can recognise common dot patterns.
  4. Try to encourage the child to use more efficient calculating strategies, such as counting on rather than counting all.
  5. Encourage the child to visualise the maths- by drawing diagrams and using concrete materials to model the maths.
  6. Make the maths practical and multisensory- avoid worksheets.
  7. Spend time on place value so that it is fully understood, this can be a very difficult concept to grasp.
  8. Have a little and often approach- repetition and ‘overlearning’ will help.
  9. Use mathematical language as much as possible and encourage the child to do the same.
  10. Give multiplication grids and number bonds to reduce the stress of having to remember these facts.

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Important when teaching or learning math

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“What do teachers need to know about teaching math? Strategy over speed, and math thinking over rote memorization.” – Stanford Professor Dr Jo Boaler

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Accommodations for dyscalculia

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Are you an educator or parent searching for accommodations to help students with dyscalculia? Well, look no further.  THEEDADVOCATE brings us a great listing of all accommodations you’ll need.

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Handy guide for discussion with your consultant

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The people from helpmychildlearn.org have provided a nice handy guide to use when you go talk to a consultant about your child’s possible dyscalculia.

For an online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test click HERE

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