Archive for the ‘The Teacher Goes Bananas’ Category

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April Fool Maths Test

March 23, 2017

Tell your year 8 or 9 students this test is designed to test their ability to concentrate and use logic while doing a challenging test under pressure.

Tell students to circle the ‘correct’ answer. Then wait to see how long it takes them to think you have totally lost the plot! You can make copies of the test using the PDF links below. You can put the answers up later on the smart board.

Mathspig April Fools Maths Test 1

Mathspig April Fools Maths Test 2

Mathspig April Fools Maths Test ANSWER

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April Fool Math TEST USA

March 23, 2017

Tell your year 8 or 9 students this test is designed to test their ability to concentrate and use logic while doing a challenging test under pressure. 

Tell students to circle the ‘correct’ answer. Then wait to see how long it takes them to think you have totally lost the plot! You can make copies of the test using the PDF links below. You can put the answers up later on the smart board or just read out the answers.

Mathspig April Fools Math Test 1 USA

Mathspig April Fools Math Test 2 USA

Mathspig April Fools Math Test ANSWER USA

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Best Maths Class April Fools Day Pranks

March 23, 2017

1. Frostbite Theatre

This is a cool trick to show the class. k

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2. Maths Teacher Totally Pranked

This maths teacher is, like, sooooo pranked.

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3. Rounding off pi

You have to wait until No. 10. But there it is! It is official. We’re going to round pi off to 3.

Hey, it’s about time isn’t it.

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4. Matthew Weathers

The best maths class April Fools trick ever as the numbers show!

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10 Reasons Why Maths Teachers Rock : New Release

March 4, 2013

Here it is.

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The video you’ve been waiting for.

Digitally remastered. (I used my fingers)

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10 Reasons Why

Maths Teachers Rock:

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1. Cool Maths Video

January 15, 2013

Sometimes the muses look down upon Middle School Maths teachers and say ‘Gadzooks! …

…. those courageous purveyors of The mathematiques need a little help.

Shazam!’

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And here it is.

ONE Direction … who Mathspig foolishly kept calling ONe Dimesnsion in a talk to 14 year olds last year … AHHHH!!!

Getting confused over rock star names is just, soooooo pathetic, like mum and dad.

But do One Direction know their maths? What do you think? Does this video make sense?

Or are they just number Tragics?

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Weird Maths Activity

Play the video at the beginning of the class. Set the days work. Then at the end of the class, students have to sing their answers … clicking their fingers … One Direction style ….

One Direction Math Joke:

one direction in math

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2. MoMaths: Manhattan’s Museum of Mathematics

January 15, 2013

Mathspig is excited. O wonder. O rapture. O Mathematical magic.

A museum of mathematics has just opened in New York, on Manhattan no less.

George Hart with his math art and students at MOMATH

George Hart with his math art and students at MOMATH

Here is a quote from New Scientist:  New Scientist 10 Dec 2012

The founders of the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) know they have a fight on their hands, given the pervasive idea that the subject is boring, hard and scary. But they are determined to give mathematics a makeover, with exhibits that express an unselfconscious, giddy joy in exploring the world of numbers and forms.

“We want to show a different side of mathematics,” says museum co-founder Cindy Lawrence. “Our goal is to get kids excited, and show them the math they’re doing in school is just one tree in a whole huge forest.”

It looks like fun, fun, fun.

Mathspig will go all the way from Australia later in the year just to wallow mathspiggy-style in all this fun maths.

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Menger Sponge Cycle

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View Inside MOMATH math museum NY

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Having fun at MOMATH

Weird Math ACTIVITY

Here is a link to a PDF file of some fantastic shapes that fold two ways like TRANSFORMERS.

You can make these fantastic shapes by Joseph O’Rouke, Olin Professor of Computer Science @ Smith College MA if you go here.

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If you really are curious as to what research mathematicans do, go here. It’s really interesting stuff.

SNACK TIME

While you are in the cafe you better do something mathsy. Here is the way to cut a bagel for the maximum spread of cream cheese.

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How to maximise cream cheese spread.

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3. Yes! They’ll All Stare at Your Mathematical Hair

January 15, 2013

Maths teachers are often accused of having the dress sense of a circus elephant and the hairstyles of a geriatric orangutan.

Is this fair? You decide. Here are some maths teacher haircuts from the archives.

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However there are maths teachers and mathematicians out there who will take one for the cause. Here are two noble maths devotees.

 

How dedicated are maths teachers?????

Or, a more relevant question could be how insane are maths teachers?

1. Nick Sayers

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Makezine Math Monday

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2. David Whitfield, Math Teacher, Parkrose High School

3 Parkrose HS Math teacher DAvid Whitfield

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3. You should be scared Mathspiggies.

Very, very scared.

What happens if you don’t do you maths homework?

Cruel and unusual punishment:

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You vill be punished. You vill pay for the error of you vays. Evil laugh.

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Weird Maths Activity

How long would it take for your hair to grow as tall as you??? Assuming your hair can grow that long.

You’ll find all you need to know here:

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Jedward Hair