We need more Dyscalculia Tutors

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There are not enough Dyscalculia Tutors for the students who have this unknown math learning disability. Dr Schreuder had designed an online Dyscalculia Tutor Training. Check out the details in our link for today and consider signing up to learn how to help students with dyscalculia.

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Dyscalculia and Yoga

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In Kundalini Yogic philosophy, dyslexia (and perhaps dyscalculia) are viewed as a disorder of internal communication. One part of the brain does not convey information correctly to another part. The remedy: practice a specific Kundalini yoga kriya every day.

A kriya in Kundalini yoga is a combination of posture, head position, hand placement, eye placement, breathing and / or mantra recitation.

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UNESCO about Dyscalculia

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In our modern, digital society, difficulties with numbers and arithmetic can have profoundly negative consequences on educational outcomes, career prospects and overall quality of life.

This brief arises from Science of Learning fellowships, funded by UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). The IBE-UNESCO/IBRO Science of Learning Fellowships aim to support and translate key neuroscience research on learning and the brain to educators, policymakers, and governments.

Executive Summary

  • In the 21st century, lack of adequate numeracy skills can have profound negative consequences for educational success, career prospects and overall quality of life;
  • Developmental Dyscalculia (DD) is a brain-based condition that leads to low numeracy skills in the context of otherwise normal intelligence and educational opportunities;
  • Because of its documented brain basis, efforts towards developing effective ways to remediate DD can benefit from neuroscience findings.
  • The branch of neuroscience devoted to shedding light on the development of brain processes supporting typical (and atypical) learning, shows that DD can be the result of dysfunctions in multiple brain systems for math knowledge;
  • Training programs designed to ‘stimulate’ multiple aspects of math knowledge acquisition and the brain systems subserving it may, therefore, yield the best outcomes to effectively remediate math deficits in children with DD.

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Add math to your daily calendar

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We have emphasized more often that it is good to fight the summer math slide and the now new Covid-19 slide with daily math activities and conversations about math. Check out the calendar made by zorbithsmath who put something out there for every day, a bit like the advent calendar we usually publish in December.

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Easy is a four letter word

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Teachers, parents and tutors will use the word “easy” often. “why don’t you try this one, this one is easy” or “let’s start with an easy exercise”. It is mostly meant to set the student at ease and relax them, but with students who have dyscalculia this can play our the wrong way as explained in the article in our link for today.

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Tips for Parents of Teens with Learning Issues

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From the yourteenmag blog a great article about how to work with your teen now that most learning has gone virtual. They give some good tips, see them all in their article in our link for today.

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Parental involvement is key

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In our link of the day a post about an interview with Ms Eunice Araba Turkson, an Educational Consultant in the United States, who highlights the importance of parental involvement to the success of inclusive education.

Effective remediation takes a team, teachers/parents/school officials/tutors all play a role, also the pediatrician plays a role and may need to advice on medical treatment of attention issues.

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Remote learning works fine for some

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For some children the remote learning actually works fine. From a recent story on Edutopia this: “not having those everyday distractions in school has really allowed for some kids to focus on the work and not necessarily all the social things going on because some kids can’t separate that out”

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Teaching math to those with learning disabilities

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Good article in our link for today with some great advice on how to work with students with learning disabilities. Here are the headlines:

  • Resist the temptation to de-emphasize language in math class, especially for English-learners and those who have language-related disabilities. De-emphasis is probably a disservice.
  • Consider how broad student labels can conceal mathematical skill. English-learners, depending on their prior schooling, and students with disabilities, depending on their specific disability, can have widely varying math abilities and knowledge.
  • Focus on what students can do rather than fixating on what they cannot.

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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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Dyscalculia and Covid-19

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Students with learning disabilities need stability, predictability and spiral review as much as possible. With many schools closing for weeks this may cause serious disruption to the carefully build up progress over the course of this school year. I’m happy that the OSERS have seen this and has sent out the guidance in our link for today, emphasizing that students in special education need to continue to receive their services. If your school decides other wise, send them a copy of this guidance and ensure the continued support for our learning disabled students.

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Oh those math facts

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We all know how important the math facts are but how do you get the children to memorize them and retain them?

The readandspell website provides us with some helpful tips today.

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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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Equity vs Equality

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Achieving equity for all students is quite a challenge for many schools. This also goes for the children with learning disabilities who need this more then ever. The Waterford.org site has a good article about it. Best quote:

“The route to achieving equity will not be accomplished through treating everyone equally,” 

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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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Focus on their strenghts

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When working with students who have learning disabilities it is easy to always look at what their problems are. This way it also prompts the student to focus on their weaknesses with all related problems that this may cause. The article in the link for today shows how you can help the students look at their strengths rather than at their problems. Nice quote: “talk about a sea of strengths around some islands of weaknesses”

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ADHD and Dyscalculia

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We have looked at this before but there is a considerable overlap between the students with ADHD and the students with Dyscalculia. This has some impact that is described in the magazine additudemag and we link to that article below.

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Multisensory center

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In New Zealand they have built a multisensory center that caters to a whole host of neurodivers situations, see the details of it in the link for today.

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Getting a 4.0 with ADHD and Dyscalculia

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Here is someone on Tumblr who gives a detailed account of what worked for them to navigate successfully through college. A long but must read for all you out there with ADHD and Dyscalculia.

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