Posts Tagged ‘10 reasons’

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2. I’ve got a BAD maths Teacher

November 4, 2017

The Complaint:  

I’ve got a BAD maths teacher………………

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The Cause:………………………………………………………………….

Unfortunately, there are GOOD, BAD and CRAZY maths teachers out there. Ditto students.  It is what YOU do when reality hits that counts.

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The Solution: ……………………………………………………….

Not exactly a solution. More a suggestion. But what are you? A GOOD, BAD or CRAZY student or teacher? Now Watch:

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1.Maths Classroom:  THE MOVIE

2. The HORROR STORY

3. The ADVENTURE BEGINS

For students who think they have a BAD maths teacher, watch the first video here.

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4. Too many different ways to do the same thing

October 11, 2017

The Complaint:…………………………………………………………

Too many different ways to do the same thing

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The Cause:……………………………………………………………….

Often, students , who are struggling with a concept, find it even more challenging when changing grades and/or schools because a new teacher uses a different method to the one they were taught.

eg. Long Division must have the most ridiculous number of methods for doing it.

Add a multi-cultural classroom and even more confusion results.

More maths news from around the world here.

eg. 2  Expand double brackets

1. X-multiply Method

This is the Method Mathspig taught students long, long ago.

2. Standard Method

Video tutorial from Me vs Maths here.

3. Grid Method

Video tutorial from 3 min Maths here.

The Solution:

Find the method that works for you. Stick with it and practice, practice, practice.

eg. Long Division

Here is the BEST EVER long division method

THE LEGO ARGUMENT:

It would be tragic IF  Lego blocks only had one solution. That is IF 6 Lego blocks could only be arranged in one way. In fact, the number of possibilities of arranging 6 blocks is MIND EXPLODING!

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5. It’s Too Hard

September 29, 2017

The Complaint:  

It’s too hard!………………

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The Cause:

This response often results when students face some new topic – often beyond numbers – that students can’t handle on auto pilot. Instead of working through the problem, they crash and burn.

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The Solution: 

I’m going to tell you a story. Bear with me for a minute. You did maths from Grade 1 to 6. You’re cool. No major dramas. Then something happens. A new topic, perhaps. Or a new teacher and a new topic. You don’t get it. You sit there looking confused. And then you do this. You say ‘I can’t do maths’( See post here) or ‘It’s too hard’.

In my maths teacher days terror topics were:

Long division

Algebra

Dividing Fractions

Geometry (because so few students listen to what the teacher is saying.)

Trigonometry (Lot of, you know, things to learn. Equations and stuff.)

So you stop doing maths. You retire at the age of, maybe, 13 years.

If you hit the MATHS WALL, here’s what you have to do. Back up a bit. Do some warm up maths on the topic. It’s out there.

eg. The Kahn Academy. I’m not saying it is easy. (See THE MATHS SPEECH here) I’m telling you it is doable. Practise.

Maths is always TOO HARD when you give up. But when you try amazing things can happen.

Besides, if a raccoon can do it.

Here is an exercise that you didn’t think you could do. But it is entirley doable by Middle School students with patience.

Karate Maths of OUCH! That hurts!


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7a. Dad Jokes: The positive, the negative and the number line

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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7b. Middle School Maths Photo Scavenger Hunt

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.