Mathematics For All

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The blog features informative articles on dyscalculia, insights and research done by the author, detailed papers outlining the research and more.

Mathematics For All

1y ago

It must have required many ages to discover that brace of pheasants and a
couple of days were both the instances of the number 2.
Bertrand Russell
Mathematics is a language and science of patterns. With this language
science, technology, and engineering are understood, expressed, and made comprehensible.
Mahesh Sharma and Steve Chinn
Most people attribute children’s difficulty in mathematics learning to the complexity of mathematics artifacts: vocabulary, arithmetic facts, skills, conceptual schemas, and procedures. To a large extent, it is true that mathematics is a co ..read more

Mathematics For All

1y ago

Mahesh Sharma and Steve Chinn
There are many perspectives we need to consider to be able to answer that question. Mathematics anxiety is not a recent phenomenon. Despite a long history of negative influences on people learning and using mathematics we are far from a level of understanding that enables us to address the problem successfully.
It is an international problem. There are some implications and deductions we can draw from that statement.
We will try to consider some of the issues and some interventions. The essentials are obvious. They are the subject itself, the way it is taught and ..read more

Mathematics For All

1y ago

Register now for February 28th!
Mathematics Education Workshop Series
with
Professor Mahesh Sharma
Academic Year 2019-2020
There are still seats available for the upcoming workshop Proportional Reasoning: How to Teach Fractions Effectively (Part II): Concept and Addition and Subtraction (for grade 3 through grade 9 teachers) on Friday, February 28th! Scroll down to learn more!
According to Common core State Standards in mathematics (CCSS-M). By the end of sixth grade, students should master the concept of Proportional Reasoning (the language, concepts and procedures rati ..read more

Mathematics For All

1y ago

Dysgraphia, Agraphia, and Related Math Difficulties
Clear, succinct, and accurate writing achieves two objectives:
to communicate and to be understood clearly and accurately.
Mahesh C. Sharma
The ability to write is a fundamental component of literacy and numeracy, and is crucial for success not only in school but also in most workplace environments. Writing serves two purposes in learning; receiving information efficiently and communicating accurately, effectively, and comprehensively. For both, the writer and the reader, it should bring understanding. To be understo ..read more

Mathematics For All

1y ago

How to Create a Dyscalculia Friendly Classroom Mahesh C. Sharma
One-day Workshop
October 11, 2019
Professional Development Series
at
Several professional national and international groups, the National Mathematics Advisory Panel and the Institute for Educational Sciences, in particular, have concluded that all students can learn mathematics and most can succeed through Algebra 2. However, the abstractness and complexity of algebraic concepts and missing precursor skills and understandings—number conceptualization, arithmetic facts, place value, fractions, and integers make new ..read more

Mathematics For All

1y ago

How do children develop the concept of number? What are the most effective ways of teaching the number concept? What is the role of prerequisite skills in learning number concepts? What is dyscalculia? This video introduces some of the strategies to answer these difficult questions.
Many children have difficulty learning and automatizing arithmetic facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). In this video, I demonstrate the strategies and processes of mastering number concept. I believe almost all children can automatize arithmet ..read more

Mathematics For All

1y ago

Mathematics Education Workshop Series
at
Framingham State University
with
Professor Mahesh Sharma
Academic Year 2019-2020
Several national professional groups, the National Mathematics Advisory Panel and the Institute for Educational Sciences in particular, have concluded that all students can learn mathematics and most can succeed through Algebra 2. However, the abstractness and complexity of algebraic concepts and missing precursor skills and understandings–number conceptualization, arithmetic facts, place value, fractions, and integers–may be overwhelming to many students and ..read more

Mathematics For All

1y ago

For many years, researchers have been exploring the mystery why certain people struggle greatly with mathematics even though they are motivated to learn it and have access to learning resources. Many people, because of these struggles, have given up on learning mathematics—even the simplest of concepts, procedures and skills. The research by cognitive scientists has focused on whether mathematics learning disability (MLD) could be due to a brain region or function that has developed differently in people who struggle with mathematics.
On the other hand, mathematics educators have f ..read more

Mathematics For All

1y ago

Most elementary teachers are experts in teaching cildren their native language and help them acquire reading skills–fluency and comprehension. However, many of them feel, unnecessarily, inadequate and incompetent when it comes to teaching mathematics to same children. I believe that the same kinds of skills of teaching reading and language skills are applicable to teaching numeracy skills to elementary children. There are parallels of learning to read and learning numeracy skills. In the following video, I show these parallels ..read more

Mathematics For All

1y ago

It is a beautiful article by Robert Slavin. A story like this shows why we are in the teaching profession. These stories should be multiplied manyfold so that there is no child who is left without being literate or numerate. It fills every teacher’s heart, with pleasure, when their students from their classes, courses, and workshops come and share their successes in these kinds of stories. Every teacher should read this article about Patrick’s story by Robert Slavin. Robert Slavin has been contributing to the field of education for several decades. Please share your success stories in teaching ..read more