I have regular lecture slot with groups of trainee maths teachers on addressing and supporting special educational needs in the classroom – particularly Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia), ADHD, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health issues.
I believe it’s beneficial and powerful for them to hear from the people who actually have these conditions. Do any readers have these diagnoses (or any other SEN and/or disability) yourself, and feel like sharing something of your experience and opinions? I have a small collection of comments, (varying in length from a couple of lines to a couple of pages) but would like to add more to the bank.
I would really like to know if, as an adult, you remember anything from *your own* experience of school maths that was particularly helpful OR unhelpful for your particular pattern of strengths/weaknesses. What did your teachers do right? And wrong? Do you remember finding anything on the maths curriculum particularly easy / difficult / interesting / distressing / etc?
This is your chance to influence the next generation of maths teachers. What would you like to say to them?
Message me privately, comment below, on facebook, twitter, or whatever medium you prefer.
All quotes used will be anonymous, unless you prefer to use your real name or web handle.
* Although parents, friends, etc. of kids with SEN often (rightly) have strong opinions, for this project I’m only collecting first-hand experiences.