The following question was asked during the LD@school webinar on an effective mathematics learning framework for students with LDs entitled “Cadre d’apprentissage efficace en mathématiques pour les élèves ayant des TA”; click here to view the recording of the webinar [available in French only].
Laura Ganyo, M.Ed., Elementary School Principal.
What are some strategies that could be used to better support students with LDs when teaching math online?
During the webinar on an effective mathematics learning framework for students with LDs, we explained that a multisensory approach is recommended. We know that distance education is a challenge for many teachers. It has become necessary for teachers to find virtual strategies or incorporate new platforms into their teaching. One strategy for teachers in virtual classrooms is to suggest activities for students to do individually to reinforce their learning. It is important for students to build meaning throughout the learning process. According to Van de Walle (2001):
- Each day, students have to see that mathematics has meaning.
- Students have to come to believe that they are capable of finding meaning in mathematics.
- Teachers have to stop teaching by telling and let students find meaning in the mathematics they are learning.
It is equally important to encourage mathematical games. Some examples of mathematical games can be found on the following websites:
- Mathematical activities and games for primary school students: www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/cur/math/games/index.html
- Mathematical activities and games for middle school students: www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/cur/math/my_games/index.html
- The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing at the University of Waterloo is another good resource: www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca
Below are a few sites where manipulatives can be used virtually:
- The Math Learning Center https://www.mathlearningcenter.org/apps
- National Library of Virtual Manipulatives http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html
For an example of an activity using manipulatives, click here to read the LD@school article entitled Counting to 99.
Here are a few free tablet applications:
These different sites are just a sample of the wide variety of sites available online. What matters, in terms of providing a learning framework conducive to the success of students with LDs, is the relationship, the growth mindset and the sensory approach to teaching.
About the Author:
Laura Ganyo has a Master of Education with a concentration in Learning and Evaluation from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Senior) in Chemistry and Mathematics, and an engineering degree in Biotechnology and Agri-Food Engineering. She is passionate about mathematics and has shared that passion at the high school level for eight years, in addition to contributing as a writing team leader to the development of booklets on the effective teaching of mathematics for the intermediate division (Grades 7 – 9) at the Ministry of Education. She has also been part of various committees of the EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office).