Discover how math can be taught without words in this TED talk. Be inspired by the fact that Matthew is dyslexic and because of it, he discovered how to teach math to diverse learners like himself.
"In school, the dominant way of conveying ideas is through words. Words can be great barriers to learning. Matthew Petersen shows and explains how we can learn without words.
Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-Founder, Senior Institute Scientist, and Chief Technical Officer of the MIND Research Institute. He is the creator of MIND's Math instructional software that teaches math to students using a unique non-language-based approach. Matthew was recently featured on Discovery Channel's "Profile Series." His focus is on developing math learning environments that initially convey sophisticated concepts visually, enabling students to gain a solid conceptual understanding of mathematics regardless of language proficiency. Matthew's cutting-edge teaching methods are currently benefiting over 300,000 students. He is the author of "MIND's Algebra Readiness" textbook, adopted in California in 2008, in addition to other technical and scientific publications."
gNats Island is designed to help adolescents overcome negative thoughts, anxiety, and depression. The graphic, character-based game is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
On the "island," players "meet" the negative automatic thoughts in the form of pesky "gNats" that have a "nasty sting." The Black and White gNat makes you think in extremes. The Complete Disaster gNat makes you think everything is a complete disaster, and so on. Almost 750 therapists in the U.S., Ireland and the UK have been trained to use the game with their young patients.
Scaffolding can work for teaching any complex subject, but it certainly applies to math. Especially with math, it is often very important when introducing a new procedure to provide an example of what kind of question the procedure is used for, then proceeding through the steps - talking aloud as much as possible. Tips #4-6 are also very important for many dyslexic students - pre-teaching vocabulary, using visual aids, then providing plenty of time to pause, ask questions, pause, then review.
For language arts or social studies, scaffolding may especially help to connect with previously learned information (factual or thematic). Emphasizing the big picture also helps to make information memorable for students.
Many students with dyslexia are kinesthetically and artistically talented. This simple, but beautiful pattern weaver can motivate children to play with designs and mathematical relationships. Pattern weaver.
A spokesman for the Government’s top-secret electronic eavesdropping station in Cheltenham, pictured, said last night that some of their most talented code-breakers have difficulty in learning to read or interpreting words.
"....There’s an overwhelming number of children of color who are untested and undiagnosed,” Magee said. “People know there’s a literacy issue, but they don’t realize it’s dyslexia.” By bringing educators, policymakers, faith leaders, attorneys, and scientists together, he said, the initiative hopes to build a movement for change.
Treating dyslexia is an issue of civil rights, organizers emphasized. “All these people are marginalized,” Magee said. “There are all these barriers they can’t cross because they haven’t been accommodated.”
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