Musings (Some Mathematical) with Ann Williams

Ann Williams has taught Maths over a period of about 30 years. She has taught in 3 different countries – the UK, Australia and Samoa. She has taught in a variety of schools – all boys, all girls and mixed. She has taught in both private and State schools – all boarding, all day and both day and boarding schools. Whilst teaching, Ann held a number of Lead teacher positions, including Head of Maths, Faculty Head, Year Level Co-ordinator and Co-ordinator of Life Skills.

Since retiring, she has tutored a number of children, some of whom have dyscalculia, and has now completed a Masters in Education – her area of interest being dyscalculia. She also frequently leads information evenings and professional developments to further understanding of dyscalculia and low numeracy – including at Kids Like Us. Watch this space for news!

This blog is Ann’s outlet to talk about all things maths, dyslexia and ‘other stuff’, exploring new ideas and giving useful insights.

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The Law

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992 (C/th)

On page 5 it says that a disability includes:

(f) a disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction

The Disability Standards in Education 2005 (DSE) (C/th)

On page 10 it says that the definition of a disability includes a learning disability.

It also says that ‘reasonable adjustments’ must be made for a person with a disability.

What it means at the chalk face.

The issue: Fatigue

Many children with learning disabilities are exhausted at the end of the school day and just want to sleep on the couch.

A reasonable adjustment

One of our members, with the agreement of the school, took her child (Grades 3-5) out of school for two hours every week so the child could be tutored. (Her tutor is a registered teacher)

Another of our members, with the agreement of the school, organised for her child to drop P.E. in Year 7 and do her homework in the school library instead. The child is now in Year 8 and has additionally dropped a foreign language in order to do her homework in the library.

Another member, with the agreement of the school, organised for her child to drop a foreign language in Year 9 in order to do her homework in the school library.

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