Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Mathematics

Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Mathematics

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Written by a teacher with many years' experience of teaching mathematics to primary school dyslexic and dyspraxic children with a wide range of abilities, this book is designed to be a practical teaching guide. It offers detailed guidance and specific teaching suggestions to all specialist teachers, support teachers, classroom teachers and parents who either directly teach mathematics to dyslexic and dyspraxic children or who support the mathematics teaching programmes of dyslexic or dyspraxic children. Although the book has grown out of teaching experience it is also informed by widely acknowledged contemporary and international research, which explores the cognitive aspects of learning mathematics and tries to understand why it is that some children fail to learn mathematics. Many of the teaching principles described in the text have specific and quite far-reaching implications. The theoretical arguments should therefore also be of interest to special needs co-ordinators, heads of maths departments, head teachers or other professionals who are responsible for designing or modifying the maths learning programmes of children with special learning and maths difficulties. In more general terms, the book hopes to contribute to the broad discussion of the cognitive features and educational needs of dyslexic and dyspraxic children.The written word problems which are found in most text books are stilted, dull and very predictable. So-called a#39;realistica#39; ... Children normally enjoy problems centred on themselves, their families, friends, pursuits and interests. ... When word problems are lively or fun and fit a#39;organicallya#39; into maths sessions, most children will willingly make sense of a#39;the maths in thema#39;. ... Once simple schemas or word- problem types have been understood, more complex schemas should be introduced.

Title:Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Mathematics
Author:Dorian Yeo
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2008-04-30


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