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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Pap/Cdr edition (18 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848607113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848607118
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 20.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ronit Bird is a teacher whose interest in pupils with specific learning difficulties began with a focus on dyslexia. She qualified as a teacher at London University and subsequently gained a further qualification as a specialist teacher. While working with dyslexic pupils in a mainstream school, Ronit started to develop strategies and teaching activities to help support the learning of pupils who were experiencing difficulties in Maths.

Ronit has taught in both primary and secondary settings, and has worked as a SENCO in both the independent and state sectors. Ronit also ran training courses on dyscalculia for Harrow subject leaders, teachers and teaching assistants as part of the Harrow Dyscalculia Project, working in an advisory capacity with the participating schools. She currently works as a teacher and as a contributor to professional development courses.

Ronit can be contacted through her website www.ronitbird.com where you will also find a list of Top Ten Tips for Parents and a forum through which you can discuss problems or suggestions with others who are interested in dyscalculia.

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'She really knows what she is talking about when it comes to maths and dyscalculia and can provide the right type games and help for both teachers and parents. This is fast becoming my maths bible in my work with pupils who are struggling with maths' -
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'The beauty of this book is that it provides so many well-sequenced activities in one easy-to-use resource...[This book] would be a valuable addition to the shelves of both the numeracy co-ordinator of a primary school and the secondary mathematics department [as well as] a most useful resource for those involved with the recently launched One to One Tuition Programme'
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'Ronit Bird is one of the most skilled and experienced teachers of learners suffering from dyscalculia. Her approach is based on years of reflective practice but also a deep understanding of the roots of numerical difficulties and disabilities. She stresses the importance of starting with concrete and manipulable materials before moving on to more symbolic materials. Her teaching scheme building systematically on the basis of the learner's current understanding, rather than on mechanical measures of performance. This seems to me of fundamental importance. Overcoming Difficulties with Number provides a wealth of numerical activities and games, taking the most effective from a range of sources, including Cuisenaire rods and domino patterns for the earliest stages where learners are still counting in ones. As learners progress, clear methods for reasoning about more complex numbers are introduced. She provides very lucid methods for areas where many children, not just dyscalculics, have great difficulty, such as solving 5½ x 1½ or (x+1)(x+3) using grids. I highly recommend this book for teachers and teaching assistants who deal with children who have number troubles, but I also believe that most teachers of early maths will find much that is helpful with all learners' - Professor Brian Butterworth, University College London


'I have tried some of the activities with pairs in a whole class situation and they work very well, particularly with children struggling to remember facts through traditional methods (that are not always particularly successful with many) or with younger children learning to count and memorize number facts for the first time' - Mike Eatwell, Deputy Headteacher, Bristol


'The best part of the book for me is the range of resources in the appendices and the discussion of classroom activities. I like the way the activities are tightly focused on the four operations and yet have a wide variety of approaches e.g. Suduko, Connect 4 etc.' - Clare Creasor, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education, Edge Hill University

About the Author

Ronit Bird's interest in students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) led her to developing strategies and teaching activities to help support their learning. She works as a teacher in London and as a contributor to professional development courses for teachers.


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By mr on 29 April 2010
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she really knows whaat she is talking about when it comes to maths and dyscalculia and can provide the right type games and help for both teachers and parents. This is fast becoming my maths bible in my work with pupils who are struggling with maths.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Mackenzie on 19 April 2012
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This book is informative about key pointers to children who may have dyscalcula but is also really useful for a whole raft of easy games to build confidence and number skills for children who just don't enjoy maths or who are struggling. It gives a suggested teaching progression as well as photocopiable masters on the cd.
Very user friendly, easy to dip in and out of too!
Highly recommnded.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ty on 21 Feb. 2012
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I have tried many of the activities with my son and he is definitely showing good signs of progress. I really like the logical and inter-related stages through which you can work. I especially like how the pre-skills for each concept are included. Great book. I will be buying the Dyscalculia Toolkit (by same author) soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Butterfly on 20 Dec. 2013
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I am not a teacher, so my ability to adapt and simplify number problems doesn't come easy to me. However, I have recently been challenged to break down number skills to their most basic form, to practically start again with year 5 students who have learning difficulties, without the time to revisit skills that should have been learned over a 4-5 year period. So I have found this book to be a Godsend. It is full of practical advice and a CD with downloadable printable material.

It has helped me to view numeracy from a different perspective and to simplify some of the maths problems created by confusing/conflicting information encountered by students.

If your great at maths, you probably won't need this, but I am not, so I feel this has made maths easier for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Duffy on 16 Aug. 2013
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This is a terrific and much needed resource that will benefit all work done with students in mainstream and special classes who have Dyscalculia across a wide age range and ability range.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caravan Ann on 24 Jun. 2013
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Already had another Ronit Bird book - this one is just as good! Really helpful structured approach to help develop numeracy.
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