Algebra Remediation Should Be Done Differently for Students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities
As this article on Must-pass algebra exam has far-reaching ramifications, Sonja Isger makes some far reaching comments on the importance of passing the Florida Algebra End of Course Exam for a student to get a regular diploma.
For students with dyslexia, learning disabilities and math challenges, Algebra has always been a nightmare. With the new and much more rigorous Algebra EOC Test, there is a good chance that 90 percent or more of the students with dyslexia, learning disabilities and math challenges will fail this test.
The state’s final exam for Algebra 1 is the only one with such power — the only one the law says you must not only take, but must pass to graduate.
The article continues,
“Failing to pass Algebra 1 in ninth grade is a significant indicator of students who are going to drop out of school.”
Explains Diana Snider, the middle school math planner for Palm Beach County schools, “The problem-solving and ability to think found in algebra is the foundation needed to persevere in all the other courses.”
Algebra 1 presents real challenges for students with dyslexia, learning disabilities and math challenges because:
– Algebra remediation is rarely done the way that works for students with dyslexia and learning disabilities
– Algebra 1 is really math word problems with unknowns — and the students are often lost
– Students with dyslexia and learning disabilities often learn differently and they do not get taught in a way that works for them
– The long Algebra 1 tests often strains the attention span of students with dyslexia and learning disabilities and the students do not get the right accommodations
– Teachers are often good math students, but they have not always been taught how to teach Algebra to students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities
– Students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities often have comprehension levels far below grade level. They are taking Algebra 1 in 8th or 9th grades, often with reading comprehension at the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade levels
– Eye-teaming issues, that impact math early on, become much more relevant when one needs to line up equations. The eye-teaming issue is often missed
– Too often students are encouraged to read the material and solve the questions without understanding what he or she is reading. Too often the equations are not graphed in a way that shows the students what they are doing and what solving two equations with two unknowns means
– Students with dyslexia and learning disabilities often make what others call “stupid mistakes”. Since the students have often not mastered the art of checking their work and redoing it, when necessary, they pay a heavy price for these mistakes
Algebra Remediation for Students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities
At 3D Learner, the first three things we check for are:
– How does the student now approach math
– Does the student learn differently and have attention, eye-teaming and related issues?
– What is the child’s present level of reading comprehension?
Very often students needing Algebra Remediation have most if not all these challenges. The right Algebra Remediation will improve reading comprehension, eye-teaming skills, attention, learning how to draw things out, understanding how to both set-up and solve problems and having the student learn how to check his or her work
For Algebra Remediation visit http://www.3dlearner.com/dyslexia-andor-learning-disability/ call 561-361-7495.