## This is why students HATE algebra

January 31, 2019

So Mathspig is helping the kid next door with Grade 11 Math.

Here is the revision Q:

This is the sort of Q that makes students hate ALGEBRA. (Solution by Mathspig below)

POINTLESS

GRINDING

This equation looks like a chicken ran through some ink and ran across the page.

Why do so many MATH work sheets look like this?

The result:

# THE ALTERNATIVE

One way to tackle a long and complexmath  problem is to defront the classroom and solve it in groups.

# ALGEBRA Q from HELL SOLUTION

Here is the Q in orginal form:

NOTE: With a proof, you have to prove that one side of the equation

equals the other.

## 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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November 4, 2017

# 2. The HORROR STORY

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

## 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.

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

September 13, 2017

## 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

## 7b. Middle School Maths Photo Scavenger Hunt

September 3, 2017

## The Challenge

More interesting Maths Selfies here.

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

August 27, 2017

NB: This post has been updated twice. Disraeli said that if you want to become acquainted with a subject, write about it!!!! Mathspig’s head nearly exploded writing about this subject. But I’ve got it down to its simplest form now. One that Mathspig  finally understands.