## Why do so many students HATE MATH? … um, you know, BOREDOM

September 28, 2019

According to ‘Bored Out of Their Minds’, an article by ZACHARY JASON in The Harvard Ed Magazine (2017):

Boredom accounts for nearly a third of the variation in student achievement.

Half of high school dropouts cite boredom as their primary motivator for leaving.

Boredom begins for Math students at Grade 6 when students (Common Core Standards, USA) tackle more abstract concepts such as linear eqns, exponents, probability, geometry and so on.

Math curriculums in the USA, UK & Australia all demand students solve REAL LIFE problems. Too often these are of the type:

Q. Ronaldo has tethered his goat on a 12ft rein in the corner of a 20ft square field. What area can the goat graze?

THE ANS: Who cares?

# Ask students maths questions which have answers they want to know.

Students really don’t care about Ronaldo’s goat, but here are some questions which involve intriguing answers they might want to work out. And many of these questions involve funny or age-relevant activities, which also helps engagement.

1. Mean, Median STATS: Mean, Median and Coffee: Busting an Urban Myth

3. Geometry: Build a Freestanding Tower

Rates (Speed) & Units:

4a. The Terrifying Math of Running from a bear

USA Units

METRIC UNITS

5. Decimals, %, Volume: What Volume of alcohol is lethal for teens?

6. Decimals, Algebra, Weight Units

How much blood can a kid lose and survive?

USA UNITS

Metric Units

Graph Hunger Game Math

7. GEOMETRY. Angles

Why killer heels can kill!

Any Topic:

Space Math Song here

EVEN TEACHERS GET BORED!!!

The average time it takes an audience at a conference to switch off is 11 minutes. Keep in mind this audience is, at least, being paid to be bored witless.

## 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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## 5. It’s Too Hard

September 29, 2017

August 8, 2017

# 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.

# The Solution:

Start paying attention. Maths will make more sense.