A major fast food firm, all right, McDonald’s has put the entire Australian Year 7 – 12 Maths curriculum on line and it is** FREE!!! #mce_temp_url#**

I never thought I’d be enthusing over McAlgebra or McTrigonometry or McX, but this site has been recommended to me by maths teachers and it looks great. Students can view worked examples of maths problems, hear the problems solved step-by-step, work at their own pace and even track their progress through the website.

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** ** If the entire maths curriculum can be accessed for free on line what ARE maths teachers for?

Gather round mathspigs and I will tell you why we need maths teachers.

Maths is boooooring for the majority of students. It needs a maths teacher to breath fire into the concepts to make them interesting, relevant and exciting. Otherwise, students feel maths is on a par with re-translating the dead scrolls.

Mathspig’s mission is to provide maths teachers with fun, pop-culture based, media-savvy maths to excite students about the whole idea of maths. These topics can be used by maths teachers in the same way retailers use ‘loss leaders’. Get them in the door and you can sell ’em anything…. almost!!!!!!

Since maths teachers often moan about students not knowing their tables… here is a COOL MATHS GAME called

**MATH LINES : X-FACTOR **which is all about using your knowledge of tables …quickly. #mce_temp_url#

This is how I would use it in the classroom. Get this game up on the Smartboard and call kids up one at a time to have a go!!!!!! It’s fun.

And it is **FREE x FREE = FREE **!!!!!!!!