Looking to Heal OUR Own [Learning] Difference Through Creating and Solving: Word problems based on real-world needs and desired solutions!

written by: Tricia Cook

Students create and solve word problems based on real-world needs & desired solutions. They see, maybe for the first time, how math can apply in their lives. They will use real-life issues and turn them into a word problems, real computations, and solutions along with debate and present!

D. A. R. E. Math!

Those with a neurodifference, often have intuitive and insightful, well-developed social awareness and emotions while possessing a lexicon of words to help with the synonymous “whys of dyslexia”. We also have deep and holistic, list-form thinking, problem-solving, and building/constructing abilities, computer skills, and gaming strategies. Lastly, we seek out endeavors of creative, imaginative, visual, artistic, and visionary skills while taking on inventing and innovating pursuits. Lastly, we may excel at thinking of “outside the box” solutions, seeing a problem from many different sides, and spatial relationships along with the ability to think in 3 dimensions.

Let me give the background of logical-mathematical word problems and those with nuerodifference such as dyslexia and autism. The biggest problem in math is that is presented as an abstract concept and due to logical-mathematical/language deficits students struggle with word problems specifically. We will pre-read real life problems that effect our world as it relates to their interest people, animals and nature. We are going to take that data, discuss it and develop a potential word problem and formulate a workable equation, figure out the best graphic organizer to analyze the data, do a real read, revisit the word problems and relate to the equation and compute, and, lastly, discuss and evaluate our findings and solutions to their very own word problem. As you read above, students with neurodifferences can have logical-mathematical/language deficits. They also have strength of synthesis, this is pulling out key information due to their interest. But, they can have problems logically breaking down that information and putting that information into a logical sequence and category. I have have found visual-graphic organizers are key to conquering word problems.


Helping Those with a Neurodifference Enjoy Learning Again!: “ELBERT™ develops connection, trust, and love by instilling curiosity, autonomy, and attunement in our students.”

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