**Even small children can think maths is hard work. **

**But it can be ****just as much fun as any other subject **

**if we use our ****imagination.**

**Maths does not have to be the UGLY DUCKLING**

**of school work.**

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**Even small children can think maths is hard work. **

**But it can be ****just as much fun as any other subject **

**if we use our ****imagination.**

**Maths does not have to be the UGLY DUCKLING**

**of school work.**

So you are in Grade 3. You are asked to do this: **Use the repeated multiplication strategy to solve: 5 x 3**. Here’s your answer:

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Firstly, give the kid a cigar. According to **The Telegraph, UK, ** the kid is only in Grade 3 and can read: **repeated multiplication strategy** without their head exploding. Secondly, this kid understands the question.

5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5 except, according to the teacher, this answer is wrong.

The answer should be:

3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3

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According to The Telegraph : *The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in the US defended how the paper was marked, saying it gives students a better understanding of the problems they are solving.*

Of course, the NCTM is suggesting:

5 x 3 = 5 times 3 = 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3

5 x X = 5 times X = X + X + X + X + X

But what about:

X x 3 = ?

X x 3 = X times 3 = 3 times X = X + X + X

Mathematicians have to think like this! They must be nibble. Mathematicians must think for themselves.

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Too many kids hate maths due to FEAR or BOREDOM. How much would you hate maths if you got correct answers marked WRONG?

And how much would you FEAR the next maths test?

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Needless to say, I’m with Bart. Math teachers should not mark right answers wrong for any reason. More reasons why kids hate maths here: BEWARE OF MATHS FUNDAMENTALISTS

Cheerio for now

Hellooooo Sweeties,………………………………………………………………………

Some frightening maths this week. When researching DANGEROUS MATHS, Mathspig found one branch of maths is the most dangerous maths of all. Let’s call it GUESS-AMATICS. Today, maths is often taught via computer program packages. Some of these computer packages turn maths into a guessing game.

This exact and rather frightening scenario was described to me by the mother of a 5 year old. The mother decided it was time to turn the game off. When students play mathematical computer games too often they don’t have to think, they just guess the answer and try again. But be warned this ‘Oops! Try again’ maths can kill you’! Some maths you cannot ‘try again’. You HAVE to get it right the first time. Medication is one area where ‘Oops! Try again maths kills”

You need sufficient maths to understand medication doses or you might do yourself harm.…………………………………………………………………………………..

**And here is just one very frightening statistic:……………………………………..**

According to FDA data 1.3 million people in the USA are injured each year from medication errors.

Meanwhile, we need nurses, caregivers, doctors, paramedics, First Aide volunteers, parents, grandparents, babysitters, teachers and all health care professionals to have sufficient maths to be able to calculate simple medication doses. Or we need them to simply READ the dose and make sure it is correct. Unfortunately, many of those who should be able to work out medication doses are either incapable or not paying attention. And your life could be in their hands:

**In the UK 1 in 20 hospital deaths is due to medical error. Nearly 12,000 patients die needlessly in hospital every year due to blunders by staff, researchers warn.** **Drugs or fluid mismanagement was identified as a problem in 21% of preventable deaths (NHS 2012) or, doing the maths, 21% of 12,000 is approx 2,500 deaths due to bad maths!**

**According to a new study just out from the prestigious Journal of Patient Safety, four times as many people die from preventable medical errors than we thought, as many as 440,000 a year.**

**Reports show between 9,000 and 24,000 hospital deaths due to medical error.**

**Official Australian government reports reveal that preventable medical error in hospitals is responsible for 11% of all deaths in Australia or 1 in 9 deaths.**

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Dangerous Maths 1:Young drunk dead

Dangerous Maths 2: Death by Snake, Spider, Quad bike, Kangaroo, Raccoon and Vomit

Dangerous Maths 3: Shark Attack

Take care and do the maths……………………………………………………

Hoo Roo………………………………………………………………………………

**This fab idea comes from Juliet Robertson, an outdoor education consultant in Scotland. ****Her blog Creative star learning is one of the most inspiring outdoor maths blogs you will find.**

Check out Mathpig’s protractor joke here.

**Another fab idea from Juliet Robertson.**

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**There are so many Folk Remedies for Hiccups you would think they cause some kind of madness. **

**Counting forward in fives is one such cure. It may not help your hiccups but it is good for learning your tables.**