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Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School Feb 2003 Why students with special needs have difficulty learning mathematics and what teachers can do to help pg 308 For the past two decades US public schools have been blamed for students poor performance in mathematics As a response to our nations low ranking in recent international comparisons there has been an increase in number and difficulty of mathematics course requirements for graduation as well as assessments given to high school seniors to ensure they learn material sufficiently before graduation The increase in graduation standards has led many educators to set high curriculum standards requiring a multitude of concepts for students to acquire and master Although many secondary students are disadvantaged by this approach to curriculum students with disabilities are placed at an even greater disadvantage because of difficulties they experience in acquiring and retaining knowledge This particular article focuses on the issues faced by children suffering from learning disabilities However it does not limit its information to just strategies on helping it also includes detailed descriptions of different learning disabilities Understanding what a child is suffering from is a key tool in helping them overcome their boundaries because no two learning disabilities are alike Students with attention problems either miss important information as it is presented during instruction or they do not attend in a meaningful way to essential cues when problem solving Whereas students with cognitive-processing problems may have adequate vision and hearing they may still have difficulty interpreting what they see or hear I appreciate the fact that this article took the time to differentiate different disabilities because oftentimes people are quick to label students and end up not addressing the real problem Further this article explores the idea of making mathematic activities relevant helps students with learning disabilities attach personal meaning to the content of the lesson thus making the material authentic In other words if solving the equation 6Y 24 is not
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