Struggling with Math
Date: 3/26/96 at 9:37:25 From: Ms. Mitsi D. Welch Subject: help with math Dear Doctor Math, My 8th grader has had math problems since she began school. She goes to regular classes for everything else but in math she has been going to special ed. Here's the problem: She has just learned how to divide and now she is graduating to high school where they don't have any special ed classes. The lowest level of math they have is Algebra! I am very concerned about her feeling like a failure when she takes the classes with her classmates. I am also a student right now and can not afford tutoring classes for her. What should I do? How can I help her? Thank you, Mitsi
Date: 3/27/96 at 17:58:49 From: Doctor Patrick Subject: Re: help with math Hi, I hope we can help you. I have a couple of ideas. One is to see if it is possible to get hold of the material she would need to know for next year and try to work with her over the summer to give her a head start. If you do this, the most important thing you can do to help her is to try to make the math intresting for her. There are some computer programs available that teach math skills in the form of a game. I don't know of any that work with algebra, but if you look around I'm sure you can find one. Other games and hands-on or interactive practice also work well. For example, you could try to make some word problems based on subjects she is interested in. Also, try looking around and seeing if any local schools or organizations offer free tutoring as a community service program. I know my college does, and I'm sure others do too. Finally, has your daughter been tested for a learning disability? If she has, schools are required to provide her with support under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This can include untimed tests, permission to use a calculator for tests and quizzes, and extra help. Even if it is not necessary for her in class (I don't know how hard math is for her) it may be useful for standardized tests like the SAT. Schools are sometimes stubborn and it may take some fighting to get them to live up to their responsibilty, so it's good to start early if you intend to do this. -Doctor Patrick, The Math Forum
Date: 3/27/96 at 20:30:18 From: Ms. Mitsi D. Welch Subject: Re: help w math Thanks for responding to my note. Yes she has been tested and has a math disability and ADD. Thank you for the information about the Americans with Disabilities Act. I will look into it further.
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