Methods of Teaching Mathematics.
Teaching mentally challenged students mathematics can be a very difficult and.
complicated task. There are numerous methods that teachers use to teach these children, yet.
some are much more effective than others. There are different classroom settings that enable.
students with mental handicaps to learn more effectively and others which hinder learning. .
Guided learning is when the teacher goes through a step by step process of solving problems. .
Self initiated learning is when the students tries to reach conclusions based on previous.
knowledge. The Master Program and concrete to representational to abstract styles of learning.
are two ways of teaching mentally challenged children. These procedures can also be applied to.
other areas of learning. Certain methods of teaching mathematics to mentally challenged.
students are more effective than others. .
The Classroom Setting.
While there are three different types of classroom settings in which mentally challenged.
students are taught, one setting allows the child to grow and learn more efficiently. .
The first classroom setting is one in which the mentally challenged students are mixed in.
with those students who have general learning disabilities. This is a resource type atmosphere, where some of the students may also participate in a normal classroom for a part of the day.
â€œ.The resource room, half-time placement in special education with the balance of the day in.
general education classesâ€ (Patton 82). This type of classroom is somewhat effective in teaching.
the students, though not completely. While they use more specific ways of teaching mentally.
challenged students than in a normal classroom, these methods are often aimed towards students.
with mild learning disabilities. The methods that work for those with learning disabilities are not.
necessarily effective in teaching those that are developmentally delayed.