Mathematics presents its own problems for dyslexic learners. It is not a surprise to anyone who struggled through high school algebra that mathematics not only has its own language, but is its own language. For students with a language based learning difference, learning math can be confusing and frustrating.
This should not be surprising when you consider what skills are required to understand mathematics. Math is a highly symbolic language with a precise vocabulary that heavily relies on quick access to memorized facts. The abstract symbols of math can prove to be difficult for students who struggle to assign meaning to symbols. The precise vocabulary of math also creates difficulty for those who have a language based learning difficulty. Memorizing facts is a huge difficulty for most of our students. While many of our students easily see the big connections and ideas of math, most struggle with the precision, diligence and memory required.
At Hope Academy, we use a Making Math Real® approach in all our math classes. Making Math Real is a multi-sensory, structured and incrementalized approach to teaching math. Students begin by building the concrete model of the math they are learning and are led to the connection between the concrete and the abstract symbols. Additionally, the 9-lines® symbol imaging approach to memorizing facts has proven highly effective with our students.
As in our language arts classes, we teach to mastery in math. Students at Hope Academy have 55 minutes of math daily.
For more information about the Making Math Real® approach, please visit the website: http://makingmathreal.org/