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Overcoming Difficulties with Number

Overcoming Difficulties with Number
Supporting Dyscalculia and Students who Struggle with Maths

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October 2009 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In writing this practical book, Ronit Bird draws on her teaching and training experience to create teaching plans for key numeracy topics aimed at those working with students aged 9-16.

She provides detailed strategies for teaching numeracy skills through a progression of practical activities and visualisation techniques which build the self-esteem of students who need extra help and give them a basic foundation in number. While the plans cover the National Numeracy Strategy, they can also be used in any setting where maths is being taught.

Topics covered include:

- games and puzzles for learning number components

- bridging

- multiplication

- division

- reasoning strategies

A bank of accompanying resources, games, activities and Su-Doku puzzles is available for the reader to download from the SAGE website. [What happened to the idea of including a CD?]

This is an ideal resource for both class teachers and maths subject teachers, , and is equally useful for teaching assistants and learning support assistants

More Than 50 Ideas to Help Pupils Stop Counting in Ones
Pre-Skills for Learning the Bridging Technique
Bridging through 10
Bridging through Multiples of 10
Pre-Skills for the Area Model of Multiplication and Division
The Area Model of Multiplication and Division
Making the Transition from the Area Model to Standard Written Algorithms for Short and Long Multiplication
Making the Transition from the Area Model to Standard Written Algorithms for Short and Long Division
Reasoning Strategies

An invaluable and informative book , which addresses a curent research focus on children with maths difficulties. This book offers practical suggestions for the enquiring student and busy teacher .

Mr Freda Rockliffe
School of Education, Roehampton University
August 7, 2012

Excellent and easy to understand strategies for helping learners who struggle with maths. This books enables teachers to support their learners using number skills in any area. These strategies are a must for a teachers tool box.

Miss Antoinette Unsworth
teaching and learning, Michaeljohn Training
June 15, 2012

This is an accessible book or the busy practitioner looking for solutions and strategies to use with low level achievers in maths / numeracy. Firstly I like the format. A4 size allows for a better layout and plenty of "white space" in the uncluttered presentation.

The book explains strategies in everyday language and includes plenty of useful ideas for the classroom. The layout use of headings and text boxes makes the content easy to read and easy to locate parts of particular interest. Although the age range states 9 - 16 it is also useful for adult learners. The CD ROM is also a very useful supplement to the book. This book would be useful for teacher training purposes also , especially for the subject specialist numeracy qualifications. Everyone who teaches basic numeracy would find this book useful.

Ms Eklaine Vatandoust
education, Worcester University
September 7, 2011

This book is highly practical and the examples provided are user friendly and a good resource for counselling students in my class. The book enable me as a lecturer to recommend practical activities provided in the book and its a good resource for teachers and counsellors in schools.

Dr Ruth Mampane
Educational Psychology, University of Pretoria
July 20, 2011

This book is particularly helpful in identifiying, naming and providing examples of the progressive steps in numeracy.

Ms Colette Fortuna
School of Education, Social Work &, Dundee University
July 12, 2011

I work with some lower level students who Im sure will benefit from this book. There are lots of activities that will be very useful

Mrs Louise Waude
Hair and , Hull College
June 22, 2011

Really delighted with this book. Such clear and in depth unpicking of aspects of number in very clear sections. Good background on dyscalculia etc too. Slightly annoyed by repeated refs to another text, the 'Dyscalulia Toolkit'.

Miss Caroline Rickard
Please select your department, Chichester University
March 16, 2011

useful to help trainees in understanding how to teach common misconceptions in number

Mrs Shirley Harrison
maths education, Sheffield Hallam University
January 27, 2011

As a home tutor as well I have some students having difficulty with maths - this has helped and I have recommended to parents so they can understand the difficulties their child is having. I have also recommended it to some of my students who are teaching numeracy.

Mrs Gwyneth Barker
Teacher Training, Coleg Gwent
December 15, 2010

This is a very useful publication, with plenty of practical ideas for use in the classroom and one-to-one. The CD-ROM enables the user to download templates for a wide range of games and activities, saving time and effort. The maths difficulties are explained briefly at the beginning of each chapter and progression is logical and clearly set out. This is a most useful tool for anyone supporting pupils who have difficulties with mathematics.

Mrs Eileen Taylor
School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
November 6, 2009

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One