The numberdyslexia blog shares with us today a great article about “gamified manipulatives” for first graders. As we always say “games are the new worksheets” this is a great resource and they even put buttons on where to buy them.
Children face learning difficulties in reading (Dyslexia), difficulties in the language (Dysgraphia), difficulties in Math and calculations (Dyscalculia), difficulty in fine motor skills (Dyspraxia), difficulty in interpreting sound (Auditory Processing Disorder) and difficulty in understanding visual information (Visual Processing Disorder). Research suggests that a learning disability may occur due to genetic causes, neurological challenges, premature birth, poor nutrition or environmental factors. It is also important to note that these children have an average to a high IQ and therefore are not disabled, but just face difficulty with learning. Also, a learning disability cannot be cured completely. However, there are strategies that one can use to cope with.
BWEducation gives us 12 ways to overcome these challenges in our link for today
The high school science teacher turns his students into ‘electrons’ and gets them to walk along a prescribed route in the classroom, reinforcing concepts associated with circuit diagrams and electricity. The primary school mathematics teacher gets her students to make funny shapes with their bodies that represent the numbers 0 – 9, creating a fun way to tackle mental arithmetic problems. The ICT teacher creates a variety of ‘human graphs’, getting students to line up in columns based on their chosen answers to assigned questions.
What do all of these examples have in common?: The students are using movement to solve problems and, in doing so, are engaging multiple regions of the brain.
Even before the current pandemic started, this research was done to see if children with Dyscalculia who are being taught by teachers with the use of technology learned better than the ones who were being taught traditionally.
It is probably also dependent on what technology and they used the Geogebra software package here, but the outcome shows that it would be wise to embrace technology when working with children who have dyscalculia.
Parents, Teachers and Tutors together with the students are the four legs that math support rests on.
Certainly students with dyscalculia need the extra support from Tutors and Parents and in uor link for today some ideas on what Parents can do together with the teacher to keep the math learning on track
To support these efforts we have organized a major reduction on the price of our “Moms Teach Math” video series, that is meant for parents trying to help their children at home with the math homework. Take advantage of this offer, click the picture.
Students with dyscalculia can benefit greatly from graphic organizers to help them solve their math problems. The Understood organization has some nice downloads and we link to them in our link for today.
You want to reward your students for something they control, like completing their task, not for something that would not be under their control, like “being smart”, which would make them afraid to say something as it may turn out that they may no longer be smart.
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.
Visual and hands on models are the best to teach something as complicated as division to children with Dyscalculia, as you can see in the example we borrowed from the instagram post from Keri F Richburg.
Signs of dyscalculia are not always easy to spot. Keep in mind that all kids have trouble with maths from time to time. But children with dyscalculia struggle a lot more than other children the same age. Dyscalculia is not the same as math anxiety because the latter involves strong emotions around Math.
The Eblity blog gives a great overview of the signs of Dyscalculia and the accommodations possible in class
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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