Posts Tagged ‘test’

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1. Hokey Pokey Algorithm

November 25, 2015

1a Mathspig Hokey pokey
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!

1b. Hokey Pokey

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!

2. Algorithm 1
3. Algorithm 2
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?

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Fear and Loathing in Grade 3 Math Class

October 29, 2015

Mathspig 5 + 5
Hellooo My Little Luvvies,

So 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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Maths  think

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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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CCSS MATH  THINK

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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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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics are Idiots

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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

Mathspig