VISITOR: I just found this site and I am a bit overwhelmed. I have been teaching students who have been identified as having learning disabilities for about 30 years. Some I have real questions about. I do know they are behind their peers academically. Most have “gaps” in their learning that I have tried to help them with by using different methods or just having them in smaller groups. Math is an area that I would like to learn more about to help my students, I am currently working with third and fourth grade students who have difficulty with all basic operations especially regrouping in addition and subtraction. Multiplication is very difficult for my fourth graders. I have tried different strategies, but I feel I need something else. Can you recommend something that I can use or something I can read? One student has me really confused when she is doing multiplication.
Thank you, I would appreciate any help you can give me,-Elementary Resource Teacher in South Carolina
DYSCALCULIA.ORG: 1. Substitute constructive assessments for cumulative paper tests: student creates instructional lessons as video, animation, slides, Webs, illustrations, demonstrations. Grade with rubric.
2. Math exams & practice: single digits, simplify, use handbook, reference, examples, or take-home3. Extended time (3x) for math learning, assignments, assessments, courses, "independent study.4. Proof of mastery before testing, and ability to retest until > 80% mastery is achieved.5. Allow multiple opportunities to succeed on tests, practice, quizzes, projects.6. Preview lessons with instructor. Get detailed homework and test feedback.7. Supervised 1:1 exams for monitoring of unconscious dyscalculic/retrieval/
procedural errors.8. Halve number of practice problems and exam items; simplify, single digits, test only practiced.9. Mandatory calculator use to learn, practice and test (w/ audio feedback & earbud).10. Color-code to organize; isolate digits/rows/columns; use graph paper to minimize errors.11. Always talk through, illustrate, and demonstrate quantitative ideas for learning, practice, and tests.12. Pass-fail grading for math classes, to prevent disability's impact on GPA.13. Change grades in failed math courses to FAIL and recalculate GPA to mitigate impact.14. Assistive Technology for math & writing tasks: [talking] calculator apps, programmed instruction, visualization and organization apps, drag & drop apps, digital texts, speech-to-text tools, proof reader.15. Study the language of math (affixes, morphology, syntax, decoding & encoding.)16. Avoid unproductive, frustrating, stressful instruction and methods; seek alternatives.17. Earn transferrable college math credits before high school graduation: transition plan.18. Tier 2/3 RtI/MTSS intensive remediation - 30 min x 5 days/week: place value w/ money.