Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

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QWERTY Math for MAC

April 16, 2018

QWERTY Math uses KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

There are 10 math questions

(pdf version and pdf ans below).

The boxed sections are keyboard math symbol shortcuts.

When the students push these keys the Qs finally make sense.

eg. option v = square root sign

BUT:

1. They must have a computer with a KEYBOARD (not a tablet)

2. The computer must be a MAC*

*Mathspig tried to find the QWERTY Math shortcuts on her old PC and it went crazy!!!! 

QWerty Math for MAC pdf

Qwerty Math for MAC ANS

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Amazing Maths Clock

March 17, 2018

Albert Digital Mathematical clocks are fascinating.

You calculate the time using +, -, x and ÷ . Such fun and ideal for the math classroom.

Mathspig found the Albert Mathematical clock at the Horsham International Hotel (below).

More info on the Albert Digital Clock here.

You can set the level of difficulty. You get 1 minute to work out the answer and that’s long enough.

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10 Reasons Why Students HATE Maths: BUSTED

December 17, 2017


1. Maths is BORING!: BUSTED

 

2. I’ve got a BAD maths Teacher: BUSTED…………………………………………………………………………….

 3.  Everyone Hates Maths Anyway: BUSTED

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4. Too many different ways to do the………..

same thing: BUSTED

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5. It’s Too Hard: BUSTED

Come one, a racoon can do it!

 

 

6. You’re either Good at Maths……………………….

or You’re Not: BUSTED

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7. Maths is really SCARY!: BUSTED

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8. I’ll NEVER use this MATHS: BUSTED

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9. I Hate Answering Questions in…………………

Class: BUSTED……………………………

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10. They’re Always Giving Us New Stuff: BUSTED

 

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

December 9, 2017

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

December 8, 2017

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

November 13, 2017

 

 

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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!