Guided Math Groups: An effective intervention for dyscalculia

Posted on July 5, 2010. Filed under: Differentiated Instruction | Tags: , , |

Dyscalculia is a math learning dis/ability.  We don’t talk about it much here in the states, although awareness is growing.  Dyscalculia is more than just having a little trouble with math.  It is when a student is severely struggling to pick up concepts.  Learning Disabilities Online describes it in the following way “Dyscalculia is a term referring to a wide range of life-long learning disabilities involving math. There is no single form of math disability, and difficulties vary from person to person and affect people differently in school and throughout life.”  There are various interventions that help to scaffold the learning.  I have listed some of the key sites that have information and interventions for specific aspects of dyscalculia.  Guided Math groups are an excellent opportunity to work with students who have this dis/ability.


There is also a book called the Dyscalculia Toolkit.

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4 Responses to “Guided Math Groups: An effective intervention for dyscalculia”

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Hi ,

How would I create a differentiated for a student with dyscalculia if he /she is in primary school?
what do you think is the best method if we have the option of direct instruction/explicit teaching and coperative learning. Which one would suitably the best?

I think a combination of different methods would work. You should definitely use some direct individual instruction as well as some direct instruction in small guided math groups. You should set up some learning opportunities for the student to work in small cooperative math centers as well. You want to make sure that you are addressing the specific areas of concern, and so I would carefully monitor these through individual math interviews and conversations.

Happy Mathing,
Dr. Nicki

will the adjustment to the teaching method be dependent on the outcome that the student is expected to meet?

For example if I want to teach the learner how to add two digit numbers, how can I go about doing this… is it better for me to use

direct instruction here and how can I use cooperative math centers.?

for what sort of math problem would I use cooperative math centers?

I would use a variety of methods. You want to make sure that you scaffold the learning from concrete, to pictorial and then abstract. Cooperative learning is great for math centers.

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