Letter from the Publishers

July, 2017

Welcome to our mid-summer issue. Our focus in this issue is on 2e children who struggle with math.

Many people are puzzled when an obviously bright child does poorly in math. They often have a mental picture of the gifted child as a little math whiz, a precocious child solving equations while peers are learning their math facts. Children who don’t fit this image may be seen as lazy or unmotivated.

One reason behind misperceptions like these may be the lack of research into the math learning disability called developmental dyscalculia. According to a 2013 article in Discover magazine (“How Can a Smart Kid Be So Bad at Math?” by Carlin Flora), this math disorder affects about six percent of people and is about as common as the reading disorder dyslexia; however, it is less understood by far. “According to one analysis,” states the article, “studies on reading disabilities outnumber those that look at math deficits by a ratio of 14 to 1.” As a result, the article goes on to state, “Many children with dyscalculia, and especially highly intelligent ones, tend to go undiagnosed.”

In our lead article, Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, a cognitive psychologist from Landmark College, explains the struggles with math that our 2e students may face and strategies that teachers can employ to help them. Two accompanying articles from Landmark College provide additional insight into reasons for math deficits and research on the topic.

Continuing with our theme of struggling with math are two articles on ways to overcome math deficits – one about a successful app that parents developed and another on a teaching strategy aimed at helping students build the “pre-numeracy” skills they need to succeed in math. Plus, this issue’s column from the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development features guest columnist Rachel McAnallen, an educator known as Ms. Math. Also in this issue, you’ll find our usual news items and book and advice columns.

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— Linda C. Neumann and J. Mark Bade

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