A teacher writes, “I have a new student who transferred from a public charter school. She has an IEP accommodation for a calculator use for anything involving math calculations. But I’m wondering whether providing a calculator is changing standards? Is she learning how to use a calculator rather than learning how to do […]
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Some 60% of dyslexic students have problems with math (10% excel at math). Reasons for math difficulties include math facts retrieval, difficulty remembering formula and multi-stepped procedures, sequencing issues, symbol confusion, and difficulty with the language of math. These problems, in addition to timed tests and impossible-to-complete homework assignments, contribute to math anxiety and frustration. […]
With continually evolving Algebra 1 & 2 mandates, it is becoming increasingly important that dyslexic students master Algebra in order to pursue their dreams of certain careers and college degrees. Many dyslexic students are well-suited to the logic of Algebra, but they can easily get lost in following the multi-step procedures of algebraic problem solving […]
Stanford professor Jo Boaler talks about the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ways that math is taught.
Flexible mathematical thinking and problem solving are good skills that many dyslexic students can do well at, but all too often, mathematics is taught with an over-emphasis on rote memorization, speed drills, and performance of repetitive procedures, which can […]
From Miles and Miles’ wonderful Dyslexia and Mathematics book:
Here is an example of a dyslexic student’s sharing of how she becomes confused by what a teacher is saying. The capital letters indicate words that required her to stop and think.
“We are going to TAKE 25 FROM 61. WRITE DOWN 61 first (I sometimes wrote […]
Today, I had a great conversation with Jennifer Plosz, a math teacher currently at the University of Calgary School of Education who is also a talented visualization expert and is dyslexic.
She had recently been in touch with Dr. Manuel Casanova, the neuropathologist who made the interesting discovery that the minicolumn organization in the brain […]
If you think you’ve been hearing conflicting information about rote math in the news or from schools, you’re absolutely right. The fight is spilling over into educational policy makers and makers of standardized tests such as the College Board. For dyslexic and dyscalculic students the risk is of being caught in the middle.
This past […]
Math and Dyslexia: Dyslexic Advantage Talks to Stanford & Georgetown Experts Tanya Evans and Michael Ullman
Last week, I had a chance to chat with Stanford’s Tanya Evans and Georgetown’s Michael Ullman about their recent research paper about procedural learning and math.
In their paper, their definition of procedural learning relates to the type of learning that requires practice…so much of the early steps of doing mathematical calculations would presumably fall […]
Premium Issue 11 October 29, 2016 Organizing Creativity, Stealth Dyslexia, Dyslexia and Self Image, Memorizing for School, What Worked for 2E Gifted Dyslexics, Art Therapy for Dysgraphia, Hands-On Math for Fractions, More Interactive Reading Strategies, Mastering Foreign Languages and More This issue has memory strategies that seem to be helpful for a majority of dyslexic folk […]
“Everybody could rock through their multiplication tables and I could do my ones and my twos and my zeros and my tens, and that was about it.” – Jack Laws, naturalist
I’ve been enjoying a book, Mathematical Mindsets written by Stanford Professor Jo Boaler.
It’s great stuff. She’ll help a lot of dyslexic students if they […]
When families come together to discuss test scores, no group of scores surprises them as much as “Processing Speed.”
Processing Speed scores on psychometric exams might mean Coding and Symbol Search scores on the WISC intelligence exams or Visual Matching and Paired Cancellation on the Woodcock Johnson.
Processing Speed scores on these subtests are typically lower […]