>"Magi D. Shepley" wrote???????G > > > >>Several people, including myself, responded to this. >> >> > >I'm getting the impression that my newsfeed is unreliable. I'll be >checking Google to look for earlier replies that I may have >missed. > > I apologize, then, for my commentary... I am aware of unreliable newservers, but the topic header didn't strike me as somebody asking for information, which we tend to get a lot of in this group.
>>Judging by your >>subject header, and the note below, I'm disinclined to put in the effort >>I put in before... but will at least give you the names of the materials >>suggested: >>For the student with difficulty learning math: >>Cuisinaire rods, and other math manipulatives of this type >> >> > >Thanks for the suggestion. I have seen Cuisenaire rods in action >with kids who self-describe as liking math, and who appear to have >good math ability according to tests. I have only read >descriptions (by John Holt, of observations made in the 1960s) of >Cuisenaire rods used with students who had difficulty learning >math. I appreciate your confirmation that they seem to be a >general-purpose math material. > > I have used them with my students who have mild and moderate mental retardation, and comorbid diagnosis of emotional disturbance. I also successfully used them with my students who were MR, and had speech/language or other physical disabilities (except for cerebral palsy... see below for a suggestion for that, and this would fit any child that has the diagnosis... due to the nature of the condition, they frequently have difficulties with manipulatives).
>TouchMath > > > >I have not heard of TouchMath before. Is it a software program? > No, it is a print program. They have a website: http://www.touchmath.com. Its a concrete way of teaching the CONCEPTS of math to students who have difficulties learning it any other way. I'm not real fond of seeing regular education students using this, or having access to this... it can become a crutch. But for my students that I teach, this is often the only way they learn to do any kind of math concepts. It fits nicely with the cuinseaire rods, too... Though if I'm using TouchMath, I'll generally use bingo chips or poker chips because they are round in the same fashion as the dots on the Touchmath are. You can get samples of TouchMath (including a video) from the company.
>Edmark's TouchMoney and Telling Time series > > > >Hmmm, for a while Edmark was offering a free download of a >geoboard program on their site, which I used to visit, but I don't >know those two titles. Thanks for the tip. > > Edmark is now, primarily, a software company... but these are print programs, no software involved (though they may have software versions). When Edmark first started, they were known for their special education materials, for kids with multiple disabilities, but particularly those with moderate mental retardation (IQ between 40-55 if that gives you a better picture, though I don't think in those terms). They have a WONDERFUL reading program that I absolutely love for teaching reading... I have used both the original verison, and the Functional version. I'm not as enamored of the funtional version's teaching methods... its not as in-depth or hands on, but the worksheets are quality and a creative teacher can add things to make it "not as dry". The time and money programs are similar quality. The money program is similar to the TouchMath program, but different... it also uses dots, but teaches the students to count by 5's, and introduces a concept called "Next Dollar", which tells the student that if an item is between 3.01 and 3.99, they hand over $4, and then WAIT for their change. Its great for teaching money handling to kids who might not otherwise "grasp it". I combine it with the TouchMath (there is a money kit), and Attainment's money package (which is part of a curriculum called "Stepping Out"). The latter has cue cards in it for "Next Dollar" and writing checks.
>PCI Catalog's Time Families, and various other math games with a real-life focus > > > >Real-life focus is always something to look for. You are evidently >much more familiar with current educational software than I. > While none of the above is software, I can give you suggestions for software... The PCI programs are also print. The reason I like the Time Families series is because it gives the kids a way to think about time with a concrete description of something they already know: families. Time Families works because there is the "15 Family", and the program tells the kids that the 15 family ALWAYS points their left hand up, and their right hand right. Its hard to explain in print... but I've used it to successfully teach kids to tell time to the minute.
For software: Attainment Company's Dollars & Cents program is also wonderful...very real life focused. They have telling time programs also, but I find that to be rather complicated to set up, and don't like it as much. Edmark's math programs: Carnival Math Countdown (?), Mighty Math Heros... etc. IntelliTools: IntelliMathics. This is the one I referred to above when talking about manipulatives for students with cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities that make it difficult for them to use manipulatives. This is a wonderful program for teaching with manipulatives, but using a computer (and specialized keyboard as necessary) to do so. They also make a program called "Math Pad" or "Math Pad Plus". The latter includes decimals and fractions... it goes up to probably grade 7 math. It cannot do Algebra, but it works well. The issue with MathPad is that the teacher must type in each individual problem ,and the student must learn to navigate the program using a mouse, standard keyboard or the specialized keyboard and overlay (overlays come with the programs).