September 20, 2017

The Complaint :
You’re either Good at Maths or You’re Not! ………………
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The Cause :
Most students who said “I can’t do maths’ when I was teaching, didn’t do maths. They talked, penned a tattoo on their arm. Or scribbled in the text book. Today they read texts or play games on their phones under table or fall asleep.
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The Solution:
There is no point arguing. Students must ‘see’ they can do maths.
Do something that grabs their attention, something counterintuitive. Here is one of the BEST revision projects ever for middle school maths students. Remember, the best way to learn something is to teach it.
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Project MATHS SLAM WORKSHEET plain txt PDF

Project MATHS SLAM WORKSHEET plain txt USA PDF

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Project Maths Slam

Project Maths Slam USA TERMS

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September 13, 2017

The Complaint : Maths is really SCARY! ………………
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The Cause :
Some students think maths is always right or wrong and they are scared of making mistakes.
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The Solution:
You are going to do maths with no right or wrong answers. You just start and see what results you get.
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Yeah! It’s a Dad Joke!

Whoa! Totally CRAZY! Skiing a HELIX.

It looks like a Fibonacci Spiral, but that is an illusion. Steps on a spiral staircase are always the same length!

NO! This is not your homework. No stunts.

Just show us where you see maths in the world.

Prime Numbers vs The Hackers!

Note: The last challenge involves guess work. Maybe, an intelligent guess, but, maybe, not.

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September 13, 2017
The Complaint: Maths is really SCARY! …………….
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The Cause:
Some students think maths is always right or wrong and they are scared of making mistakes.
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The Solution:
Conduct your own DAD JOKE survey. No right or wrong. Answers will vary from group to group. ………………………………………………………………………………….
Topics:
Postive, negative integers, number line.

The Challenge

More Math Jokes for Mathy Folks here.

PLAIN TEXT Dad Joke Maths Survey Worksheet pdf UK & Australia

PLAIN TEXT Dad Joke Math Survey Worksheet pdf USA

Dad Joke List 1 pdf

Dad Joke List 2 pdf

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September 3, 2017
The Complaint: Maths is really SCARY! …………….
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The Cause:
Some students think maths is always right or wrong and they are scared of making mistakes.
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The Solution:
Go on a Maths Photo Scavenger Hunt. There is no right or wrong. Just see what maths you can find out there.
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The Challenge: ………………………………………………………
Can you find the following maths out there somewhere and bring back photographic evidence?

Topics:
Multiple Topics

The Challenge
Maths Photo Scavenger Hunt Worksheet PDF

More interesting Maths Selfies here .

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August 27, 2017

NB: This post has been updated twice. Disraeli said that if you want to become acquainted with a subject, write about it!!!! Mathspig’s head nearly exploded writing about this subject. But I’ve got it down to its simplest form now. One that Mathspig finally understands.

The Complaint : Maths is really SCARY!…………….
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The Cause :
Some students think maths is always right or wrong and they are scared of making mistakes.
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The Solution:
Tackle problems that can’t be solved even by a computer. Students can only guess the answer and then test it. Anyone can make a guess. Work in groups. Every member of the group can contribute as students explore this maths.
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The Challenge:……………………………………………………….
Can you crack a security encryption code?…. … ………………………………………………..
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Topics:
Prime Numbers, Really BIG numbers……………………..
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Prime Numbers Hide Your Secrets: SLATE

Remember the best online calculator is the WEB 2.0 Calc. NOTE: This is a secure website and you can check on its KEYCHAIN too.

You will find a fantastic list of Prime Numbers here .

Crack a Security Code WORKSHEET & ANS

Mathspig thanks Prof Kate Smith-Miles, Prof of Applied Maths, Monash University for the information about Keychains. Kate has used KEYCHAIN exercises with primary school students. They really enjoyed going home and showing their parents how to find a Keychain on the computer.

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August 19, 2017

The Complaint : I’ll Never Use This Maths! ………………
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The Cause :
Text book exercises that are good for skill building, but appear irrelevant to the real world.
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The Solution:
You are going to use this maths NOW
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…METRIC ………………………………………………………………..
… …USA Units ………………………………………………………..
VIDEO

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August 19, 2017

The Complaint
8a: When will I EVER use this maths?
The Cause:
Students doing repetitive text book exercises without using maths to solve REAL WORLD problems.
The Solution:
You are going to use this maths NOW.
Calculate Your Daily Iron Intake
TOPICS: Decimals, %, weight units (METRIC)
Some information you need.

Iron (Chemical symbol:Fe) content in food is recorded in mg because there are only small amounts of iron in food.

1 g = 1000 mg

eg. 1 paper clip = 0.5 g = 500 mg

Iron in 2 teaspoon peanut butter = 0.19 mg

Full Page Worksheet PDF:Daily Iron Intake Calculation Work Sheet

WORKED EXAMPLE: Breakfast
More info here

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