Monthly Archives: August 2014

Does the Flipped Classroom work for maths?

Have you heard about the “flipped classroom” idea?
In a nutshell the idea goes something like this:

Technology is now at a level that we can individualise student learning more successfully and no longer need a one-size fits all style of teaching in the classroom. So far, so good.
We still can’t afford to improve staff to student ratios and thus one teacher for every 30 students will still be the model used in most schooling situations. However, if we “flipped” the way in which we utilised teachers, we could come closer to a more individualised learning program for each student.
Instead of […]

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Why Mastering Maths at a Young Age is Important

It’s subject selection time in most schools and students in Year 10 are making decisions about what subjects they want to study in their senior and final years of school.
It’s a much more involved process than it was when you and I were at school. Students attend numerous information sessions and there are the usual information sessions for parents. Universities host Open Days at around this time so that students can find a possible future pathway and learn what they might like to study and the prerequisites to get there. They undergo counselling sessions with course and career advisors […]

Addictive Spatial Maths Games

At least once a year, per class, I get asked “But when are we actually going to use this?”
Sometimes I’m asked politely with genuine curiosity, and at other times the question is asked from a place of boredom and frustration. Either way, I mostly answer this question in the same way.
Maths trains our brains in ways that no other subject can. In no other subject in school do we get the same opportunity to deal with abstract and spatial concepts using only the power of our minds. Other subjects teach us how to explore and discuss ideas and to […]

The Power of Algebra through Mind Reading Tricks

A great way to get your children interested and curious about the power of algebra is through fun and freely available activities involving what first appears to be mind reading.
Let’s have a go!

Think of a number.

Add one to your answer.

Double it.

Take away 3.

Add the number you first thought of.

Add 7.

Divide by 3.

Now take away the number you first thought of.

I’m now reading your mind………

Your final result is 2!
Are you intrigued? You might be wondering how this works. Try it with your kids. Try it as a family or even with friends.
Here is a great website to try heaps more: […]

An Irish Maths Joke

This is an oldie but a goodie! And it will make young and old chuckle!
An Irishman applied for a job on a construction site, but the foreman wouldn’t hire him until he passed a simple maths test.

Here is your first question, the foreman said.  “Without using numbers, represent the number 9.”

“Without numbers?”  The Irishman says, “Dat is easy,” and proceeded to draw three trees.

“What’s this?” the boss asked.

“Ave you got no brain? Tree and tree and tree make nine,” said the Irishman.

“Fair enough,” said the boss.  “Here’s your second question.  Use the same rules, but this time the number […]

Maths Anxiety – Even Celebrities Suffer From It

Maths anxiety comes to all of us at one time, but imagine being frozen by the anxiety live on TV for a charity event!

Well that’s the situation Patricia Heaton faced and it is wonderful to see how with the support of those around her she overcame her anxiety and gained her confidence.