Beat the Back to School Anxiety!

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So school begins again for a lot of children around the world and we would like to help them be prepared and gain confidence in their abilities before school starts! This article is mainly targeted for those that have difficulties with maths, but I’m sure everyone will find it useful to warm up those brains.

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Back To School: Numberphile

Now we have written about Numberphile before and its page on dyscalculia with Professor Brian Butterworth of University College London discussing how dyscalculia manifests itself, the signs of dyscalculia, and current research on the topic. It’s a great introduction to and overview of dyscalculia, so take a look if you haven’t seen it yet.

Today we are going to introduce you to a few videos which can get your children prepared and their brains warmed up for going back to school!

The first of the videos is perhaps more suitable for a person at high school level as it involves some algebra, but in saying that the video is very fun and entertaining with some animations helping to describe the maths and theory making it clear and interesting for younger ages.

  1. Catching Money (Reaction Times)

 

The second video is a series of fun magic tricks, which is a great activity you can try at home using a strip of paper, two rubber bands and two paper clips. Certainly a great way to show off to your friends and educational!

2. Perplexing Paperclips

 

In at number three, save time on your school mornings by learning this little mathematical trick to tying your shoelaces ultra quick!

3. Super-fast way to tie Shoelaces

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Upcoming Dyscalculia & EdTech Conferences of 2017

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Dyscalculia, Numeracy and Maths Anxiety in HE/FE

12th April 2017, Loughborough University, UK

A one-day conference focusing on dyscalculia and maths anxiety in Further and Higher Education. The programme presents recent research in the field as well as drawing on developments and a number of case studies.

 

Les Recontres de l’Orme 2017

31st May to 1st June 2017 – Marseille, FR

The national rendezvous for digital education and cultural actors: educational policy-makers, researchers, teachers, publishers and industrialists, local authorities and associations. Excitingly they will be discussing Dybuster’s software at ORME 2017, so get yourself there and see whats happening in France!

BDA CONFERENCE – THEORY INTO PRACTICE: DYSLEXIA AND DYSCALCULIA

22nd June 2017 – London, UK

This one day conference will link the latest research and theoretical ideas to good Quality First Teaching practice. It will explore and present strategies with regard to Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, with leading experts in the field presenting the latest ideas.

 

9th National Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties Conference

29th June 2017, Cumberland Hotel, London, UK

This dyscalculia conference takes place in London and brings together special education experts, math teachers, and educational psychologists. The two keynote speakers will offer a balance of cutting edge research about dyscalculia and challenging insights into the hot topics of maths mastery learning. Attendance information available on the conference website.

 

SpLD CENTRAL Conference

29th June 2017, Staffordshire, UK

This conference will look at dyscalculia and Maths LD from both a research perspective and a classroom perspective. It will discuss definitions and describe a classroom accessible diagnosis of the factors that create difficulties in learning maths. The structure is based on decades of teaching pupils who struggled with maths. Find out more here.

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What conferences on dyslexia or dyscalculia have you attended? Please share your experiences in the comments so other readers can benefit!