## Posts Tagged ‘test’

## Why Math Teachers should, um, speak proper!

October 12, 2018## April Fool Maths Test

March 23, 2017Tell your year 8 or 9 students this test is designed to test their ability to concentrate and use logic while doing a challenging test under pressure.

Tell students to circle the ‘correct’ answer. Then wait to see how long it takes them to think you have totally lost the plot! You can make copies of the test using the PDF links below. You can put the answers up later on the smart board.

**Mathspig April Fools Maths Test 1**

## April Fool Math TEST USA

March 23, 2017Tell your year 8 or 9 students this test is designed to test their ability to concentrate and use logic while doing a challenging test under pressure.

Tell students to circle the ‘correct’ answer. Then wait to see how long it takes them to think you have totally lost the plot! You can make copies of the test using the PDF links below. You can put the answers up later on the smart board or just read out the answers.

Mathspig April Fools Math Test 1 USA

## A Maths Fairy Tale for Grade 2

May 12, 2016**Once upon a time, Grade 2 students did very boring work in maths. And they had to do lots of tests too. **

**Sometimes evil witches wrote the test questions. These Year 2 (Grade 2) questions were very, very scary. Here is one of those very scary questions. It was so scary lots of people turned into angry birds when they saw this question. The angry birds tweeted that this question is ” too hard’. Tweet! Tweet! (The Telegraph , UK, 9 May, 2016)**

**A very wise old Mathspig worked out the answer.**

**X -19 +17 = 63**

** X = 65**

**Mmmmm, this is a scary question for Grade 2. **

**Many Grade 2 teachers are Wonderful Maths Wizards. They make maths magical and fun everyday. Students must sharpen their pencils and put on their wizards thinking hats to practise their maths. But maths can be magical and fun too. So here is:**

** A MATHS FAIRY STORY**

#### by Mathspig

### A Wonderful Maths Wizard teacher can read the story out loud and the little Grade 2 Maths Wizards can write down their answers.

**Printable Version**** below.**

## 1. Hokey Pokey Algorithm

November 25, 2015

** Here’s the Hokey Pokey:**

You put your right foot in

You take your right foot out

You put your right foot in

And you shake it all about

You do the hokey pokey

And you turn yourself around

That’s what it’s all about!

**Why are algorithms as easy as the Hokey Pokey?**

**Because the Hokey Pokey is an algorithm or a set of steps that have to be taken to complete a task (see below) and the task is having fun and/or being really embarrassed by your parents in public. Whatever!**

For more information about algorithms go to the Khan Academy here.

** READABILITY ALGORITHM**

We are going to look at texts including a maths test to check their readability. Here are just a few songs with their age and Grade readability scores:

Hokey Pokey (above) = Grade 3 = 9 yo

Frosty the Snowman = Grade 5 = 11 yo

Hello by Adele = Grade 5 = 11 yo

Wildest Dream = Taylor Swift = Grade 3 = 9 yo

Russians* Sting = Grade 6 = 12 yo

* Most complicated lyrics I know. Any other suggestions?

## Fear and Loathing in Grade 3 Math Class

October 29, 2015So you are in Grade 3. You are asked to do this: **Use the repeated multiplication strategy to solve: 5 x 3**. Here’s your answer:

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Firstly, give the kid a cigar. According to **The Telegraph, UK, ** the kid is only in Grade 3 and can read: **repeated multiplication strategy** without their head exploding. Secondly, this kid understands the question.

5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5 except, according to the teacher, this answer is wrong.

The answer should be:

3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3

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According to The Telegraph : *The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in the US defended how the paper was marked, saying it gives students a better understanding of the problems they are solving.*

Of course, the NCTM is suggesting:

5 x 3 = 5 times 3 = 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3

5 x X = 5 times X = X + X + X + X + X

But what about:

X x 3 = ?

X x 3 = X times 3 = 3 times X = X + X + X

Mathematicians have to think like this! They must be nibble. Mathematicians must think for themselves.

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Too many kids hate maths due to FEAR or BOREDOM. How much would you hate maths if you got correct answers marked WRONG?

And how much would you FEAR the next maths test?

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Needless to say, I’m with Bart. Math teachers should not mark right answers wrong for any reason. More reasons why kids hate maths here: BEWARE OF MATHS FUNDAMENTALISTS

## I’m MATHSPIG. I LOVE MATHS.

Cheerio for now