kitchen table math, the sequel: Dyscalculia vs Lack of Math Facts

Monday, May 30, 2011

Dyscalculia vs Lack of Math Facts

The other day someone emailed me about a new word he'd learned:


(He clarified that he didn't think I had it, he just wanted me to know that it existed.)

I have been starting to wonder why it is so difficult for me to improve my math SAT score though.....

.....Which lead me to Daniel Willingham's article about whether or not it's true that some people are "bad at math." After reading it, I believe I fall squarely in the "lack of automaticity" category, rather than "dyscalculic."

Headed to Kumon this summer with my son to brush up on math facts so that I can free up some working memory for the fall SAT. Surprisingly (miraculously?), my son is psyched; daughter is another story.

(Cross Posted on Perfect Score Project.)

1 comment:

Liz Ditz said...

Yes, there is a learning disability called "dyscalculia" but I agree with Willingham's post. For more on dyscalculia:,3343,en_2649_35845581_34495560_1_1_1_1,00.html, Anna J. Wilson's Dyscalculia Primer and Research Guide.