10 Reasons Why Students HATE Maths: BUSTED

December 17, 2017

3.  Everyone Hates Maths Anyway: BUSTED

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same thing: BUSTED

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5. It’s Too Hard: BUSTED

Come one, a racoon can do it!

7. Maths is really SCARY!: BUSTED

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8. I’ll NEVER use this MATHS: BUSTED

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Class: BUSTED……………………………

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December 9, 2017

NEW POSTS!

1a. The WORLD POPULATION as ONE BIG CROWD … METRIC

1b. The WORLD POPULATION as ONE BIG CROWD … USA Units

2a. If all the cars in the world were parked together what area would they cover? Metric Units

2b. If all the cars in the world were parked together what area would they cover? USA UNITS

3. If you put the population of the world into AUSTRALIA what area in m2 would we get each?

Meanwhile this Mathspig blog is full of AMAZING middle school maths such as:

KARATE MATHS

HOW MUCH BLOOD CAN YOU LOSE AND SURVIVE?

WHAT VOL OF ALCOHOL IS LETHAL FOR TEENS?

THE TERRIFYING MATH OF RUNNING FROM A BEAR USA UNITS

THE TERRIFYING MATHS OF RUNNING FROM A BEAR METRIC UNITS

PARABOLAS AND THE ART OF SPIITING WATERMELON PIPS

Why maths is NOT boring!!!!

November 28, 2017

NEW POSTS!

1a. The WORLD POPULATION as ONE BIG CROWD … METRIC

1b. The WORLD POPULATION as ONE BIG CROWD … USA Units

2a. If all the cars in the world were parked together what area would they cover? Metric Units

2b. If all the cars in the world were parked together what area would they cover? USA UNITS

3. If you put the population of the world into AUSTRALIA what area in m2 would we get each?

Meanwhile this Mathspig blog is full of AMAZING middle school maths such as:

KARATE MATHS

HOW MUCH BLOOD CAN YOU LOSE AND SURVIVE?

WHAT VOL OF ALCOHOL IS LETHAL FOR TEENS?

THE TERRIFYING MATH OF RUNNING FROM A BEAR USA UNITS

THE TERRIFYING MATHS OF RUNNING FROM A BEAR METRIC UNITS

PARABOLAS AND THE ART OF SPITING WATERMELON PIPS

November 4, 2017

2. The HORROR STORY

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

October 25, 2017

The Complaint: Everyone Hates Maths Anyway

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The Cause:

Students absorb maths fear and loathing from peers, siblings, parents and the culture. eg.

From the TwoFatDudes blog.

The Solution:

Invite interesting guest speakers to talk to students. Other subjects do this. Bring in a cool young ex-student and attitudes can change, fast.

Otherwise show them these videos. The first video especially is AWESOME and totally, totally COOL.

Here are their blogs:

Patrick JMT

Maths stories about death, tragedy and comedy in maths

Tyler De Witt

On Scientific Notation

On Significant Figures and using significant figures this video has had 1 MILLION hits.

Paul Andersen Bozeman Channel

Structure and Function of the Brain

4. Too many different ways to do the same thing

October 11, 2017

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.

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!

5. It’s Too Hard

September 29, 2017

Karate Maths of OUCH! That hurts!

6. You’re either Good at Maths or You’re Not

September 20, 2017

The Solution:

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

7. Maths is really SCARY!

September 13, 2017

7b.Middle School Maths Photo Scavenger Hunt

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.

7c. Crack a Security Code for Middle School…… Yes! Really!

Prime Numbers vs The Hackers!

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

7b. Middle School Maths Photo Scavenger Hunt

September 3, 2017

The Challenge

More interesting Maths Selfies here.