Posts Tagged ‘crazy’

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That Crazy Little Thing Called ZERO

July 4, 2018

Siri, what’s zero divided by zero?

Problems with Dividing by Zero

– Numberphile

Matthew Parker is an Australian stand-up comedian, author, YouTube personality and maths communicator.

Edible Zero. Really!

 

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Trick 5: Cool Math Trick

June 4, 2018

Requirements: A Pack of Cards and a willing assistant.

Take 10 cards from pack including the 10 Diamonds.

Lay out card in 3 columns in a pattern of 4 down, 2 down, 4 down.

Put the 10 Diamonds at the top of the  left hand column.

Group students around. You turn your head away and ask a student to point to a card.

You carry on, think allowed and then ask your assistant to point to cards asking:

Is it this one?

No.

Is it this one?

No.…………………………………………………………………………………

When your assistant points to the 10 Diamonds he will show you the position using the diamonds. The cards are laid out on the table in the pattern of the diamonds on the 10 Diamonds.

Whenever your assistant asks is it this one? You will know.

See Mentalism Card Trick:

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Trick 6: Freaky Math Medium

May 27, 2018

Write the word carrot inside your math text book. Do not show students.

When Mathspig was a mathspiglet we used to play this trick. It doesn’t work on everyone, but it works  often enough.

Ask a student to say 15 times 15 fifteen times.

Then ask them to name a vegetable. Students say carrot 90% (I’m guessing) of the time.

To make this trick more dramatic send 10 students out of the class before you begin and tell the other half what you are about to do. Students return one at a time. How often do they say ‘carrot’? What % of students say carrot? 

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2. I’ve got a BAD maths Teacher

November 4, 2017

The Complaint:  

I’ve got a BAD maths teacher………………

………………………………………………………………………….

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.

………………………………………………………………………….

The Solution: ……………………………………………………….

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

…………………………………………………..

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

August 8, 2017

The Complaint:

10. They’re always giving us new stuff.

The Cause:

Maths does have new topics, but not that often. Maths tends to go over and over old topics before adding new material. Students can feel overwhelmed simply because they are not paying attention. They are talking, texting, complaining, graffiting …etc. (See below)

Every day is like the reverse of Groundhog Day. Everything looks new again … new again … new again because they didn’t learn anything yesterday.

Here is the challenge for students: I Dare You To Watch This Entire Video

Really. Can students make it through this video without talking, texting, annoying someone ….? The video is funny and too true.

Video Link here

The Solution:

Start paying attention. Maths will make more sense.

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5. Middle School Madness: BIG MATHS

May 19, 2017

Write your own maths song. 

Everyone is in it.

And film it.

Here are 2 hot to rock maths songs. The first song “Geometry is Killa-Hot”

 from the Ron Clark Academy even includes the lyrics.

You can do this. Make maths ROCK!

The second clip is from WSHA MATH. It is great too.

You will find Mathpig’s Math Song Lyrics here.

And Yes! I have had students singing this maths song

with great enthusiasm.

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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