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1. Maths is BORING!

December 9, 2017

Middle School Maths that is AMAZING

psst! That means it’s not boooorrrrinng!

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

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

December 8, 2017

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Why maths is NOT boring!!!!

November 28, 2017

 

Middle School Maths that is AMAZING

psst! That means it’s not boooorrrrinng!

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

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Why Maths is NOT BORING!

November 13, 2017

The Amazing Answer is here.

Mathspig 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 SPITTING WATERMELON PIPS

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9. I Hate Answering Questions in Class: BUSTED

August 10, 2017

The Complaint:

 

9. I Hate Answering Questions in Front of the Class

 

The Cause:

Students worry about getting the answer wrong in front of the class because they believe that maths answers are always either RIGHT or WRONG.

The Solution:

The maths we need in the REAL world often involves open ended questions. Think of finding directions on Google Maps. What is the best way to get from A to B? One route might be shorter but include tollways another might involve longer distances but less traffic. 

Text book problems are often repetitive with RIGHT answers at the back of the book. But in the real world maths problems nearly always involve THINKING. eg. A building design might require specific engineering maths. Now add costing! That’s an open question. There are many options. Maybe the costing will then change the engineering. Build 20 stories instead of 25.

Thinking Outside the box in Education: Info and Toolbox: here

Prof Peter Liljedahl, Faculty of Edu, Simon Fraser Uni, Canada, advocates  open ended questions in the maths classroom.

Here are some of his examples for Year 7 -9 (Download pdf file at the link):

Concert in Toronto;

You have won tickets to a concert in Toronto but must plan your trip using flight times to arrive at the concert by 9pm.

Two Bike Race:

You are in a bike race and have to use a street bike and trail bike, but one bike must be left somewhere on the route.  You travel at different speeds depending on which bike you use. What route do you take? (A basic map is included.)

Something inspiring:

Maths is often about playing around with answers. This is how play led a class of 12 year olds to produce a peer reviewed research paper published in a science journal.

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1. Middle School Madness: BIG MATHS

June 12, 2017

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Community Maths can involve the school community or the wider, local community. The aim is to get maths out of the classroom and make it a hands-on experience.

Set up displays, posters, demonstrations or art/maths projects in your school library, gym or school yard or take some interesting maths to the local library, strip mall, town hall, local gardens or shopping mall. It will mean planning the project, collecting the materials and making a phone call to  the local, say, librarian, but libraries, for instance, welcome community involvement.

Here are just some community maths project ideas.

MATHS POSTERS

Major maths conferences around the world have poster displays. So why not a display of students maths posters in your school library or local library or even a nearby shopping mall. And students should be present at allocated times to explain their poster to other students, parents or members of the public.

Roosevelt Middle School students Jacob Klausner and Oliver Adelson WEST ORANGE, NJ, who were finalists heading to the National MathCon Competition.

Some of the best middle school maths posters can be found at MathsCareers, UK. Here are some posters from the 2016 competitions.

Winner 9 – 11 years Maths Poster Competition

Fatimah Patel Preston Girls High School

Runner Up 9 – 11 years Maths Poster Competition

Maja Kowalska McAuley Catholic High School

Winner 12-13 years Maths and Music Poster Competition

Laeticia Junanto Bancrofts School

 

MATHS DEMONSTRATIONS

Maths students can construct displays that involve interesting maths. The most amazing maths dispalys Mathspig has seen were at the 13e Salon Culture & Jeux  Mathematique in Paris. Here is LAGA Phd student Attouchi @ the 13e Salon Culture & Jeux  Mathematique in Paris.

She was showing students how to use a graph to create anamorphic projections. More detailed instructions here!!!

Palestinian Maths teacher Daina Taimina has many zany ideas. You’ll more Creative Maths ideas here.

Mentalist Maths … OK. This may include some Card Tricks … but they’re amazing. You’ll find 10 amazing Mentalist Math Tricks here.

Make some interesting cubes here.

Give students a variety of maths challenges they have to solve

like these Maths Mystery Box Challenges here.

Or let students explore some of the inspiring maths websites and pick a project. You will love the amazing German website IMAGINARY. It’s in English and has some fascinating videos!!!!!

Perhaps students could construct double pendulum like this one demonstrated at the MiMa-Museum, Oberwolfach, Germany. Mathspig can’t stop watching it. Fascinating!!!!!!! The double pendulum has some demanding trigonometry, but at the middle school level the 2D graph traced by the lower pendulum is fascinating enough (Below). And maths can provide equations for this movement. That’s impressive.

 

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2. Middle School Madness: BIG MATHS

June 1, 2017

Mathspig just loves this Fluid Geometry Mural by artist Clint Fulkerson. Here is a Speed Clip of Flulkerson at the University of Maine Art Gallery 2012.

Mathspig  went crazy trying to produce her own Fluid Geometry Mural. These guys are artists. But your middle school maths class can use a simple method (See GIF below) and make a fab mural on a white/black board or down a school hallway. This is a great end of year/semester/pre-holidays project.

The reason for tackling such a project is to engage students, who are otherwise not interested in maths as well as do some whole school PR for maths. The mural WILL be noticed. And it makes maths look COOL.You will find more interesting Fluid Geometry works by Clint Fulkerson here.