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How do I reach [this] kid? Let me be blunt: You probably don't. This is a person who is so intransigent that you effectively need to black-tag them. A hard lesson is that you can't save everyone. At this point the priority is to make some kind of defense so you aren't overly stressed, psychologically damaged, or burnt out. A couple personal reactions to ...


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This is a student who doesn't understand social cues. He only knows that if he is rude you keep trying. If acts disruptive, he will get the answer without working for it. As long as you reward him for being difficult by giving him the answer, he'll have no motivation to change behavior. You are essentially letting him walk all over you because you want to ...


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Edit: There is a related meta.MO post here. (This MESE thread is linked to in a comment there.) Check out this link and, if applicable, you might consider contacting some of the professors involved. A Graphical Calculus Course For Blind Students: For blind students seeking education and a career in science, engineering and mathematics, the calculus has ...


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The correct approach to making accessible mathematics is to publish it in MathML. This is the web standard for mathematics and is what all web browsers are meant to be working towards to support. Sadly, not all are. There are lots of ways of creating MathML content, some work directly from LaTeX input (I've written one of these) and some are a little more ...


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Update for JMM 2020: See the potentially relevant blogpost here. The post begins: I am interested in how blind people learn mathematics at any level, but particularly before college. Math is often taught using a lot of visualization; how does this work with blind people? The following information concerns not the main question, about the use (or nonuse) ...


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This may not directly answer your question, but perhaps it will help. The brain is not born preprogrammed. It evolves during development (ie conception to adulthood) and gradually adapts to its environment. As such, it is really a misconception that the brain has particular areas that we are born with that must automatically carry out certain functions. Of ...


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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 add up numbers above 10, or write down ones with several digits. I think I possibly do own a calculator... somewhere. I would suggest starting with some ...


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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 tell exactly what you mean by do advanced math, but you say: I'm pretty good at understanding concepts like Cantor Sets, mathematical logic, etc. So: It seems ...


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(Quick note: I am not a math teacher. I am a CS teacher with a bit of dysgraphia myself. However, my insights here actually came from when I used to be a high school music teacher, where I was practically forced by the subject matter to tackle this problem with my beginning theory, AP Music Theory, and advanced theory classes. Also, there are some nice ...


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Desmos Geometry is not as fully featured as GeoGebra. However, Desmos does have specific features for the visually impaired such a screen reader support, braille support, and audio trace. These features may not currently work for the www.desmos.com/geometry section, but perhaps the www.desmos.com/calculator fits some of your needs. See more details and ...


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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 talent cannot be questioned. Nevertheless, I happen to know from reliable second-hand reports, that he cannot "draw" in the sense that, say, Leonardo, or even a ...


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If math is displayed in a web page using MathJax, which uses LaTeX syntax for math, then it is possible to configure MathPlayer to read the math text out loud.


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I can only address one point - writing on the board slowly. I am also slow writing on the board, not because of any handicap. A few years ago we got a smart board (interactive white board) and I was able to prepare parts of the lecture in advance on smart notebook software. You can put things on different pages and save it to use again for your next class. ...


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I have cerebral palsy, which makes me almost unable to write legibly by hand. (I can do a bit of scratch work, but that's it.) Discovering LyX changed my life. LyX is basically a user-friendly front end for LaTeX that doesn't require you to memorize commands (you memorize what you use a lot, but that's it) and shows you your equations as you type them. I've ...


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You can find articles and videos on teaching math to low vision and blind students from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. https://www.tsbvi.edu/ In particular, you can find informative videos from Susan Osterhaus on that site. She is an instructor with 25+ years of teaching experience with blind and visually impaired students mostly in K-...


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Here's an article/video that I found helpful as I teach math to a visually impaired student: http://www.perkinselearning.org/videos/webcast/teaching-math-students-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired Best of luck to you and your students!


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I do not have any sources, but I do have some critical arguments on this topic that can produce insight into this and related problems in mathematics. Rather than limiting ourselves to the blind, let us assume that we wish to teach math to someone who is unable to see or hear. The question "How do we teach math to someone who is unable to see or hear?" is ...


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I hate to be the one, but...a Google search gives several articles on the topic. Didn't see one killer one. But also did not see them all a waste. Think skimming a few would help (and more content than in QA here). Quora has several responses also. Being even more the one. One interesting insight in some articles is that it appears there is "...


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