Posts Tagged ‘maths is boring’

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STOP THE PRESS: Maths Teaching Fails

August 3, 2011

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Monash University Professor of Mathematics Education, Professor Peter Sullivan, claimed in an article in The Age (2 Aug 2011) that Australian students could be dropping out of maths because it is being taught in a way that is:

1. Not related to the real world

2. Repetitious

3. Boring

4. Restrictive

Mathspig says ‘Why? Why? Why? Delilah.’ (It’s an old Tom Jones song. Mathspig is no piglet.)

See Teacher Notes on this blog.

And also an article Mathspig wrote for the Canberra Times. See Maths Mad

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Just to prove that maths need not be dull especially for Junior and Middle school students here are 25 zany ways to liven up a repetitious and possibly smash-your-face-into-the-table-top-type-boring maths class.

Go Mathspigs Go!!!!

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And the point is …….

June 10, 2009

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Did mathspig teach this student????? Maybe, I heard enough whinging in class. But as I explained. I loved maths like a pig in shxt. Find x. But what can teachers do for students who don’t see the point? You can go into lecture mode saying that maths is needed for Blah! Blah! Blah!

Chances are the boooooored students won’t listen. What’s the point of doing maths? Mathspig has the answer. Make maths fun. Start with fun. And end with fun.

So here is a motivational exercise Mathspig used on Fun Friday. It suits students from Year 5 to Year 8. I call it:

Random Object Bingo.

 You Will need: Small prizes and a list of questions.

To answer a question kids must hold up a random object found on them or on their desk. eg. The first person to hold up a…… purple pencil, red paper clip, fake tattoo, grey sock (very funny antics follow), drawing of a motorbike, etc You will know what sort of objects kids carry.

The first person to hold up the found object gets to answer the Q. If they get it right. They get a small prize. Kids love this game. It has that treasure hunt feel.

 

 

caution_tnsWARNING: The only mistake mathspig made while playing this game with Year 7 was to say – MID-GAME- ‘the first student to hold up …. Matthew stop pushing ……” You guessed. Within the blink of an eye, four boys held up Matthew!