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Calculator Use: Accommodation or No?

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 math? […]

Additional Resources from Premium Issue 26 [Premium]

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[PREMIUM] DYSLEXIA AND MATH: Error Analysis

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. […]
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DYSLEXIA AND ALGEBRA: Algebra Tiles – MULTISENSORY [Premium]

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 […]
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Positive Math: Developing a Growth Mindset

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 be […]

MATH: When Words Get In the Way [Premium]

 

For dyslexic students, the language of math can confuse and obscure. Teachers, tutors, and parents should be aware that language could be interfering with math performance and not mathematics itself.

From Dyslexia and Mathematics:

Here is an example of a dyslexic student’s sharing of how she becomes confused by what a teacher is saying. The capital […]

A CHAT WITH MATH AND VISUALIZATION EXPERT JENNIFER PLOSZ

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 […]

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