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”
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.
A quite different take on what could cause dyscalculia in our link for today.
The writer claims it all has to do with a faulty human GPS (proprioceptive & vestibular systems). Dyscalculia is mentioned in a long list of other things that could affect you and it can all be helped with finding a better balance. Long read but worth it.
In the area of math, if a test is to accurately reflect a dyslexic or dyscalculic student’s aptitude or achievement in math, accommodations (like a calculator) must be put in place to ensure the test is accurately assessing the knowledge, understanding, or problem solving ability, rather than processing speed, handwriting ability, or ability to speed or accuracy of retrieving basic math facts.
Dyscalculia is an under-researched learning difficulty and as a result, there is little guidance for teachers on how to support learners with the condition. The TES website condensed some valuable insights into dyscalculia, the indicators and how to assess for it in this article in our link for today.
Effective instruction aimed at the missed or poorly understood concept is the best remedy for a learning gap. Students need the opportunity to apply the concept in a variety of situations and to ask questions to clear up any misunderstandings. Fixing a learning gap due to a conceptual misunderstanding takes time and practice.
The EF+Math Program is a new initiative to fund bold approaches through inclusive discovery and development to dramatically increase math outcomes for students in grades 3-8. They focus on students who have been traditionally underserved.
From Ghana we get this list with qualities a math tutor should have. Great to consider and read through. If you want to become a Dyscalculia Tutor you can do that via our online course at http://DyscalculiaTutor.org
Dyscalculia affects comprehension of numerical mathematical problems, working with numbers andarithmetics. The article describes work on a training system for an exercise that trains connections betweenverbal and numerical representations of numbers and finger counting. Fingers support embodiedcognition and constitute a natural numerical representation. It describes the design rationale anditerative development process, and first evaluation results for this system that enables children to train without guidance and feedback by a trainer.
A new study shows that a non-symbolic number comparison task had a significant value in the prediction of the Math competency level pointing to the need to take these kinds of tasks into account in the first years of school.
As there are not enough tutors available for dyscalculia and generally the schools are not that well versed in remediation of dyscalculia, in our link for today a few suggestions by the understood organization on what to do with your child at home.
You can also get Dr Schreuder’s video series: “MomsTeachMath” that gives about 35 videos and lots of downloadable materials to work with your student.