Silvermoonstone

02-19-13, 02:28 AM

I know a lot of kids with ADHD hate math, but I loved it. When I was in high school, I tutored this kid who also had ADHD. He told me he never understood what the teacher was talking about, yet my explanations made sense.

I think I have an idea on how to explain the different perspectives of someone with ADHD and someone without - which would in turn help out with math skills. So, let me give it a try:

I'll use some basic fractions. When you first learn about them, it's a numerator (Top number) over a denominator (bottom number). The denominator are what pieces make up a whole, the numerator are how many of those pieces there are. Now I'll assume you understand grade school math and stop explaining there. :p

http://s11.postimage.org/55rwj5c33/picture_1.png (http://postimage.org/)

And you know this is true:

http://s18.postimage.org/84uzwp2xh/picture_3.png (http://postimage.org/)

But why? Why is it if the numerator is bigger, you divide it by the denominator, and get that number?

How can improper fractions even exist? Numerators are supposed to be smaller than the denominator. You got more pieces than what a whole pie makes.

It was what my tutee asked.

I don't know how a teacher explains it, but I learned that....it is just how it's done. Don't ask any more about math because you'll dive further into the bizarre concepts of chaos theory or infinity, irrational number-y stuff you will only ever skim if you decide to become a math professor. Only THEN can you fathom why you divide the numerator by the denominator. Just learn it like this. It's 'simple' enough anyway.

I mean, it's simple! How many times can you fit the number 4 into 9? 2 times. What's left after that? 1. Basic simple logic.

Buuuut no. I'm not going to give that for an answer.

So I drew this:

http://s4.postimage.org/wut7bbm2l/picture_2.png (http://postimage.org/)

Then he got it.

Nine pieces of 1/4 makes a total of two wholes, and one 1/4.

For my own case, right now I'm learning about vectors in calculus. At first I was totally confused, no matter what I read out of the textbook. I had to ditch the textbook, take out a piece of paper, and try to redraw it on a graph. Once I saw it visually, it made more sense. If a textbook doesn't fully explain how magnitude and directions are related to these vectors, I'm not going to see it my way. I gotta have it explained in detail, then I can visualize it. (Yay for google!)

Kids with ADHD aren't bad at math - we/they are just going to see it differently.

And to quote a certain someone:

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it'll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

I think I have an idea on how to explain the different perspectives of someone with ADHD and someone without - which would in turn help out with math skills. So, let me give it a try:

I'll use some basic fractions. When you first learn about them, it's a numerator (Top number) over a denominator (bottom number). The denominator are what pieces make up a whole, the numerator are how many of those pieces there are. Now I'll assume you understand grade school math and stop explaining there. :p

http://s11.postimage.org/55rwj5c33/picture_1.png (http://postimage.org/)

And you know this is true:

http://s18.postimage.org/84uzwp2xh/picture_3.png (http://postimage.org/)

But why? Why is it if the numerator is bigger, you divide it by the denominator, and get that number?

How can improper fractions even exist? Numerators are supposed to be smaller than the denominator. You got more pieces than what a whole pie makes.

It was what my tutee asked.

I don't know how a teacher explains it, but I learned that....it is just how it's done. Don't ask any more about math because you'll dive further into the bizarre concepts of chaos theory or infinity, irrational number-y stuff you will only ever skim if you decide to become a math professor. Only THEN can you fathom why you divide the numerator by the denominator. Just learn it like this. It's 'simple' enough anyway.

I mean, it's simple! How many times can you fit the number 4 into 9? 2 times. What's left after that? 1. Basic simple logic.

Buuuut no. I'm not going to give that for an answer.

So I drew this:

http://s4.postimage.org/wut7bbm2l/picture_2.png (http://postimage.org/)

Then he got it.

Nine pieces of 1/4 makes a total of two wholes, and one 1/4.

For my own case, right now I'm learning about vectors in calculus. At first I was totally confused, no matter what I read out of the textbook. I had to ditch the textbook, take out a piece of paper, and try to redraw it on a graph. Once I saw it visually, it made more sense. If a textbook doesn't fully explain how magnitude and directions are related to these vectors, I'm not going to see it my way. I gotta have it explained in detail, then I can visualize it. (Yay for google!)

Kids with ADHD aren't bad at math - we/they are just going to see it differently.

And to quote a certain someone:

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it'll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein