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## Math isn’t just a numbers game: writing, drawing, and talking about solving problems

As we discussed last time, teachers trying to help students who struggle with math need to use a variety of techniques. You can go back and review techniques 1, 2, and 3 in the last post. And, if you visualize a number line, you can see that number 3 is followed by numbers 4, 5 and 6. So technique number 4 is … (drumroll) Drawing and Talking About Math. 4. Use drawings (TA-DA!) to translate and visualize math concepts. Drawings in math are known as the representational level. They are crucial in helping students make the...

read more## 3 Ways to Succeed with Math Using the VAKT Approach

Do you feel inadequate teaching math to struggling math students who just don’t get it? Join the club. At one time or another, almost every teacher has had to deal with those kinds of feelings. It’s not at all unusual for teachers and tutors to feel unprepared for the task at hand. Unfortunately, mathematical instruction for remedial and special education students has primarily focused on helping an entire class with the acquisition of basic skills and traditional arithmetic (Chinn, Ashcroft 2007;...

read more## OG Math Instructor Courses – Math that is fun and stress free!

OG Math Part OneNovember 14, 21, 28 & Dec. 5th , 2015 Time: Saturdays – 9 am to 3:30 pm. Location: Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus There is still time to register and learn the 3 Key building blocks for Math Success. Check out the information below and then register at: http://ogcourses.mathworkshops.com/When math instructors evaluate and say goodbye to the current school year, the best teachers and Orton-Gillingham practitioners begin to think about what they can do to make math...

read more## Research Confirms Parents & Teachers’ Fears About Math Instruction

Strong math knowledge is necessary for success and early math skills are an early predictor for success later in math. Parents and knowledgeable teachers know this, but the current Problem Solving – Discovery curriculum does not stress mastery for basic math skills such as math facts or pencil and paper practice of standard math procedures. Teachers spend countless hours trying to reach students who find math a challenge. Parents face a battle during homework sessions because the math assignments have an unfamiliar look and feel...

read more## Math: Changing I Won’t to – I – Will Power!

Math Can Be a Struggle. Do you ever feel a little guilty about the pressure we put on children who struggle with math? That’s a dangerous place to be. We worry about them shutting down and giving up on math. But all is not lost. For some students just the sight of a page of math homework is enough to turn an ordinary evening of homework into a household battle. It can appear to be a lack of motivation, but is it?Teachers know that many students do not have the underlying foundational or basic math skills to build a solid knowledge of...

read more## You should be thinking about positive brain change while learning Math

Good math skills change the brain.. It’s more important than ever to make sure students have positive early Math experiences . Math often has a negative image for those who did not do well with math in school. A common comment in the general public is, ” I just didn’t get math” or “I don’t do math!” And yet we want our children and students to learn math and build a base of math knowledge that will carry them through life. Not to turn into “Pollyanna,” but positive Math experience can...

read more## The OG Way to Math Success

The OG Academic Math is an approach to successfully teach students who struggle with math. The OG Math approach provides a focus on foundational math skills while using visual and interactive demonstrations so that students understand “WHY” as well as “HOW” for each math concept and topic. Lessons focus on developing essential math skills and fluency while combining continual, ongoing assessment. This is known as diagnostic prescriptive instruction. At a time when schools and teachers across the country are looking for ways to help...

read more## Working Memory and ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a complex condition that is often complicated by poor Working Memory. In the math classroom, students with good working memory are able to stay on the task at hand because their working memory tells them to stay focused. It helps them to ignore distractions and manage their behaviour as they complete each question or assignment. Students with ADHD may be ready to explore and take on a new math concept, but it often appears as if they are working against themselves. Their motor cortex...

read more## Adding It Up!

Sometimes it’s not as simple as it sounds. Taking Working Memory on an Arithmetic Field Trip In the last post we were exploring the important, positive tasks that working memory allows each of us to do on a daily basis. We will explore these positive aspects of working memory in following articles as well as how working memory is disadvantaged in life and in math particularly. So to set the stage, let’s start by solving this math problem: 27+ 8 = ? Now many of you have solved it in your mind already, but for a young student it may be...

read more## Math Success: Not Just IQ – Some kids have the Working Memory Advantage

Many bright students have a difficulty with math that puzzles their parents and teachers. These students are bright enough and appear to understand the math concepts as they are practiced in class. But for some reason this information is not recognized the next time the concept is presented. The problem could be a difficulty with working memory. We’ll be exploring the many facets of working memory in further posts, but first let’s look at what working memory is and what its role is in our lives. Working memory gives you the advantage of...

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