Dyspraxia and doing mathematics
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Dyspraxia and doing mathematics. Dyspraxia is . a specific learning difficulty that affects the brain's ability to plan sequences of movement. a condition which leads to many varied difficulties often not taken seriously seriously affects success in mathematics.

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Dyspraxia and doing mathematics


Dyspraxia is ...

  • a specific learning difficulty that affects the brain's ability to plan sequences of movement.

  • a condition which leads to many varied difficulties

  • often not taken seriously

  • seriously affects success in mathematics


Normality, whatever that is

Normal

Not normal

Different

Weird

Eccentric etc.

An old-fashioned analysis of diversity


Neuro-diversity – different ways of thinking

Dyspraxia

Dyslexia

Dyscalculia

ADHD

Autism

Tourettes


Hell is severe problems with ...


Heaven is unusually good ..


Some errors of the past

  • Forcing left-handed people to write with their right hands.

  • Forcing homosexual people to ‘conform’.

  • Forcing dyslexics to learn their tables by rote.

  • Repeatedly punishing those who struggle to fit in with traditional schooling.


Key teaching suggestions -

  • Remember that students might be

    • Distracted

    • Feeling tired or uncomfortable

    • Confused

    • Overloaded

    • Flustered, disorganised and forgetful

  • Give clear handouts.

  • Give time to frame and answer questions.

  • Allow students to take regular breaks.

  • Encourage students, emphasising strengths.

  • Be patient; avoid making assumptions about IQ.

  • Remember that your way might not be their way.


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