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Strategies for Addressing Math Mistakes [Premium]

Working memory mistakes in math include mistakes such as losing place in problems, errors due to missed steps or key information, and calculation errors like near-misses or reversed digits, directional errors, or procedural errors like errors of grouping or carrying. In the video below, teacher Leah Alcala shares how she decided to change how she […]
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MATH: The Problem with Word Problems

For dyslexic students, the problem with word problems isn’t just the fact that they have to be read without error – but that there are many aspects of the language commonly found in word problems that will frustrate many dyslexic students if they aren’t explicitly taught where confusions arise.

Here are just a few language-based […]

Q: What Are the Best Tests for Dyscalculia? What About the Feifer Test?

Dyscalculia, or a math learning disability is important to identify because formal identification can qualify a student for accommodations both in the classroom and for high stakes tests. It can co-occur with dyslexia and it is under-recognized.

We previously reviewed tests that can be used to identify dyscalculia HERE.

In our clinic, we liked to use […]

Doing Math : Inchworms vs. Grasshoppers [Premium]

‘If a child does not learn the way you teach then teach him the way he learns.’ Two American school teachers noticed that their students tended to prefer one of the two ways their teachers explained math. The inchworm style was part-to-whole, dutifully performing incremental step-by-step pencil work, following the solving of math problems more […]
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How Do Math-Talented Dyslexics Do Calculations? [PREMIUM]

Despite the suggestion that dyslexic students who are strong in math use a different approach for doing basic mathematical operations, it’s surprising how little formal research has been done to figure out how math-gifted dyslexic individuals do what they do.

At Georgetown University, neuroscience researchers were surprised to find

Ways to Keep Math Alive

1. CARD GAMES
With a little twist, card games like War and Go Fish can be used to help kids hold onto math facts and math manipulations over the summer. If War (higher card win) is too simple, then Subtraction War (figuring out the difference between two cards) might be just the right amount of […]

MATH: What Errors are Due to Dyslexia?

Since Henry Winkler sat for a Geometry exam 8 TIMES before passing, one would hope that more progress has been made in understanding and anticipating what math difficulties arise with math problem solving, but few teachers (and perhaps fewer students!) receive explicit instruction in this area.

Some of the math difficulties are due to language, […]

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