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[Channel-talknumber] math concepts first

From: Joan <jspinner@verizon.net>
Date: Wed Jan 09 2008 - 18:01:02 EST
    I'm a SpEd teacher too. I agree with teaching the basic concepts and working on computation in another setting. I tell my kids I don't care about the answer because if they are doing it right they have the right answer unless they were careless, so first tell me how not what.
    They do need to get the right answer to prove to themselves that they got it right but they will grow accustomed to answering process questions if you persist. The problem you have is that up to now they have been taught, in every way, that the answer is all that matters. Have them write the answer on paper and cover it up until everyone is done and THEN before you get the answers, have them talk about the process. Then they can go back and check their answers before they share them. They might even work in partners or small groups to check their math and process with each other. Have them use all three approaches of the manipulatives, then drawing the problem, last have them work on the abstract numbers with each concept and drop them in the same order you introduced them until they are just working with the abstracts.
    Also, it helps if they understand that math is totally descriptive. It describes the world. If they think of numbers as descriptors of something sometimes it makes it easier, especially with the algebra I assume they are doing at this age. Good luck, especially if your kids are like mine and can't do long division and lack math facts in general.

Joan

leneicedivinity@aol.com wrote:
Hi, teaching special ed. is not an easy task. Ii have taught sped for over 25 years. My suggestion to you is to stick with the basic math concepts and then teach the more complicated skills using a calculator. Best of luck! 


-----Original Message-----
From: virginia stone-meyer <annelf1@hotmail.com>
To: channel-talknumber@learner.org
Sent: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 7:18 pm
Subject: [Channel-talknumber] (no subject)

I am taking the numbers and operations course by myself.  I took the "Math-What's the Big Idea?" over the summer and loved it, but I am struggling with the first two lessons of this one.  I think my problem is my approach-I have been a Reading consultant for many years, but now I am teaching Special ed. middle school math to CD and LD students.  Needless to say, I am very visually oriented.  Anyone have any tips for me?


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