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Dyscalculia and studying mathematics (as major)

I am not an expert in dyscalculia, and, in fact, my area of study in mathematics education has not predisposed me to focus on the idea of mathematical disorders. Because of this, I think I have a ...
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The impact of dyslexia on learning mathematics, and available resources

I think the short answer to your question is that you are (like many people) confusing the arithmetic that you called 'mathematics' at school with the mathematics that mathematicians do. I very rarely ...
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Appropriate ways/sayings to discourage undergraduate students' overreliance on calculators

Modeling mental math strategies as part of your teaching is important. I make a show of the fact that I'm not pulling out a calculator. I also show them how I think through certain calculations: "36*...
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Appropriate ways/sayings to discourage undergraduate students' overreliance on calculators

I think one reason students reach for their calculators so readily is out of fear. They are afraid that they will get the answer wrong, and would rather rely on an oracle which "always gives the ...
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Instilling a Growth Mindset in a Student Diagnosed With Dyscalculia

To lay this out at the front, I do not have have any medical or therapeutic credentials -- I just have certification in both secondary mathematics and special education. I will also be a bit US-...
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Dyscalculia and studying mathematics (as major)

I teach middle and high school math students. It is my understanding that dyscalculia is the math equivalent to dyslexia with reading. While I was in school for my teaching certificate, I was directed ...
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The impact of dyslexia on learning mathematics, and available resources

I'm not exactly sure what's being asked here, since you say you want to to learn how "to do advanced math," but also that you "want to try algebra and trigonometry, to play with equations." I can't ...
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The impact of dyslexia on learning mathematics, and available resources

I look forward to the responses to this interesting question. Instead of answering directly, permit me to make an analogy to art. Frank Stella is a renowned artist whose influence and compositional ...
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Appropriate ways/sayings to discourage undergraduate students' overreliance on calculators

Show them instances where it would be easier to calculate mentally than it would be to use a calculator. Some examples: $1+1$ $123456789+0$ $11111+11111+11111+11111+11111$ $123456789-123456789$ ...
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Dyscalculia and studying mathematics (as major)

I was once a member of an email discussion list (about some long forgotten statistics software). Once somebody answered a question, some other pointed out he did some silly arithmetic error in that ...
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Dyscalculia and studying mathematics (as major)

Possibly relevant: In the first chapter of Where Mathematics Comes From: How The Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics Into Being, Lakoff & Núñez discuss a few examples of individuals who have ...
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