Retrieval practice

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Research has learned us that it is good to use retrieval of previously learned content to be able to long term store that information, instead of restudying it. Children with Dyscalculia need to have the “spiral review” regularly to ensure the information about math topics remains current. In our link for today a good article about retrieval practices and how it can go wrong and how to ensure you get it right.

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How to help dyscalculic learners?

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The learning success blog gives us a great infographic today with five top tips to help students with dyscalculia. Real simple and immediately ready to put in place. See them in our link for today.

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When Algebra holds you back

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Algebra is a gatekeeper. For the 6% of students with dyscalculia (i.e.,
mathematical learning disabilities), an inability to pass algebra may significantly limit academic and career opportunities. Unfortunately, prior
research on dyscalculia has focused almost exclusively on elementary-aged
students’ deficits in speed and accuracy in arithmetic calculation. This case
study expands our understanding of dyscalculia by documenting how one
college student with dyscalculia understood algebra during a one-on-one
design experiment.

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supporting your child with mathematical learning difficulties

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The Phys.org blog provides a great overview of how to support children with Dyscalculia. It goes through the history, background and then also gives great tips.

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Read it three times to get it right

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The Three Read Protocol is one way to do a close read of a complex math word problem or task. This strategy includes reading a math scenario three times with a different goal each time. The first read is to understand the context. The second read is to understand the mathematics. The third read is to elicit inquiry questions based on the scenario. This is a great way to help students with dyscalculia or adhd.

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Numberless word problems

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Numberless word problems shift the focus from solving to understanding.

When students see numbers in a word problem, they know that the expectation is to solve. They are “done” when they’ve added, subtracted, multiplied, or divided and they’re left with an answer. When the numbers are removed from the problem and replaced with blanks, the focus immediately shifts away from solving, because there’s nothing to solve! There is no operation to do because there are no numbers!

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Change direction to add or subtract

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Nice strategy to ease the adding and subtracting by changing the direction you work in. Follow the link to get explanations on how to do this.

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Play games, learn math

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Number path games, when played like board games, are ideal for helping preschool children learn math. See the wonderful blogpost in the link for today.

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Supporting Pupils with Dyscalculia and Math Difficulties

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Twinkl has a great bolog post on a recent teaching assistant CPD webinar all about dyscalculia and how TAs can support pupils with math difficulties, sharing strategies and resources that TAs can use with pupils to support their mathematical understanding and number sense.

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How to drill

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Although for the children with dyscalculia drilling can only be beneficial when they have a good understanding of the underlying concepts, here are a few strategies for drilling from the Teacherhead blog

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Five ways for a lot

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In case you missed it; the teacherhead blog has developed a series of one-pagers with on every page five ways to do something. For example, Check for understanding or build confidence. You can download it at their website, in our link for today.

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Teaching fractions

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Creating fraction kits is a great way to get your kids exploring equivalent fractions and acquiring a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic.

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Responsive teaching, this is how to do it

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 There is no simple formula to teaching well – but there are lots of strong principles that underpin the decision-making processes teachers undertake in any given lesson. Responsive teaching is all about thinking on your feet, using evidence from real-time formative assessment, adjusting instructional inputs and practice activities in response to students’ levels of success and confidence. It can appear and feel very organic but if you deconstruct the range of things a teacher has to do in a successful learning sequence – it’s quite an impressive array of specific definable elements.  See how they suggest phasing it in our link for today.

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Suggestions to improve math for 7 to 14 year olds

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The Education Endowment Foundation has made recommendations where there are research findings that schools can use to make a significant difference to pupils’ learning, and have focused on the questions that appear to be most salient to practitioners. 

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Retrieval practice

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Retrieval practice is essentially the process of generating an answer to a question. Not only does it allow students to test how much they have retained of a certain piece of information, it exercises their retrieval of it.

Research has shown that not only is retrieval practice a highly effective learning strategy, but also that its effects can be seen across many different disciplines, including vocabulary, maths and science.

There are many ways to apply retrieval practice practically, with strategies including:

  • Using past papers
  • Doing multiple-choice tests
  • Using flashcards
  • Answering questions out loud
  • Writing down everything you remember
  • Sketching your answer out

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Teaching multiples

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We often say they need to get it into their hands before they can get it into their heads. There a great example from how to teach multiples.

Critical Thinking Is A Mindset

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The TeachThought blog shows us no less than 16 characteristics of a critical thinking classroom.

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Modelling is so powerful

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Modelling is very useful to teach our children the more complicated concepts. There is a whole procedure you need to follow to do it the right way and the article in the link provides five ways to make a success out of it.

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Getting started with number bonds to 5

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In this article, Dr Helen WiIliams, an independent educational consultant specialising in the learning and teaching of Early Years and KS1 mathematics, shares with us ways to teach number bonds through play.

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Gestures help learning

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Susan Wagner Cook, an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Iowa, has conducted numerous studies with various scenarios and it is confirmed that children learn better when they can see gestures while hearing the explanations.

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Adjustments for Dyscalculia

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The SPELD NSW (short for Supporting children and adults with specific learning difficulties) shares this wonderful resource with adjustments you can make for children who have dyscalculia.

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Math and baseball

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A summer camp in New York City is using the basics of baseball to make math more fun,

Learn counting with songs?

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We are not fond of the rote memory way of learning to count where the children learn 1-10 without understanding what it means, however the video in the link for today shows a great way of how to integrate singing in learning to count with your kid.

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Move to remember

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From the LDA newsletter we bring this wonderful story about ways to more effectively have children remember their math:

In their book The Kinesthetic Classroom, Traci Lengel and Mike Kuczala cite studies that show us how learning certain concepts through movement is efficient and long-lasting.

Movement gives learning experiences something fresh and new, which the brain likes. This novelty helps keep the attention of the students, making their learning efficient. It’s been my experience over years of using movement in math class that even those students who are timid and reluctant to participate at first are nevertheless paying attention and are interested in what’s going on around them. Their brains are still activated.

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Subtraction without regrouping

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Shake a Stick at times tables

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From the UK a new approach to learn times tables. Times tables are important and there are many ways people try to teach them. This idea centers around a stick that they use to explain the tables and groups of multiplications that fit together. They also have a youtube channel to support the method. When you have tried many methods, here is just one extra you can try.

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Do math apps really work?

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A very comprehensive review of math apps for small children with recommendations about design and content for parents and teachers to look out for.

part of their summary:

Overall, these results demonstrate that many
of the commercial educational apps for young
children that are categorised as ‘maths’, are not
necessarily reflective of best practices in app
content and design.
58 Can Maths Apps Add Value to Young Children’s Learning?
Most apps did not comprehensively capture
all areas of mathematical development,
nor did they adequately include features of
personalisation, such as explanatory feedback
and programmatic personalisation, which
this research has shown maximises children’s
outcomes in app-based learning. This
demonstrates the limited options for identifying
high-quality maths apps currently available for
parents and teachers and highlights the need
to improve the meaningful categorisation of
educational apps on the app stores to facilitate
parent and teacher choice.

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Developing Spatial Reasoning Skills

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Research indicates that spatial reasoning skills correlate to children’s early achievement in math and “strongly predict” who will pursue STEM careers later in life.

In our link for today PBS shares a few ways to help your child developing those important skills.

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Dyscalculia treatment

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A short article with the highlights of what helps as a dyscalculia treatment. They also have links to suggested accommodations for in the classroom.

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Improve number sense

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Great article in the link for today about ways to improve number sense

the short:

Give students concrete experience with numbers along with the more abstract lessons.

Teach the skills until they master them.

Teach them to talk about math, write about math, and understand words relating to math. Have conversations with them about mathematics, using the new terms.

Read all about it: HERE