Monthly Archives: March 2009

Maths Blogs

Once I started searching I found that there are lots of great Maths blogs around. Just check my blogroll in the sidebar. However, my favourite is function of time: f(t) by Katherine Nowak. So take my advice and cruise on over … Continue reading

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Investigations

Mathematical Investigations give students an opportunity to apply the skills they have learnt and to use higher order skills such as synthesis, generalising and creating. The internet is an excellent resource for teachers looking for rich, engaging investigations. 1. Check … Continue reading

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Jerome S. Bruner

Jerome Seymour Bruner (born 1 October 1915) is an American psychologist who has contributed to cognitive psychology and cognitive learning theory in educational psychology,history and to the general philosophy of education. [from wikipedia] I really like some of Bruner’s ideas … Continue reading

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Max It!

Arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6 in the boxes below to get the largest possible sum, using each digit once. Now arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6 in the boxes below to get the largest possible difference, using each digit once. Now arrange the … Continue reading

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Social Learning Networks and Mathematics

A new world has started to open up to me on the www. Namely social networking. Linking up with mathematics educators from all over the world has changed the way I do my Professional Development. I have recently joined “Twitter” … Continue reading

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Pente

As a boy I loved playing games. Many happy hours were spent playing with my sisters, parents, cousins and friends. We played cards, monopoly, scrabble and chess. I have no doubt that playing these games helping me with literacy and … Continue reading

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Soccer Ball Maths

A Maths teacher recently asked me: “What shapes make up a soccer ball?”. The traditional design of a soccer ball is based on a solid figure called a truncated icosahedron. From the image above, can you visualise how many black pentagons … Continue reading

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VCE Physics

My colleague Adrian Camm has created an inspiring online community of VCE students and teachers. Check it out at: http://vce-physics.wikispaces.com/ In his words: “I have created a virtual learning community for Unit 3 & 4 Physics that will link all … Continue reading

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Bears and Fish #2

Image from Wikipedia I have been amazed at the interest shown in the “Bears and Fish” problem! I sometimes walk around a class, roll 5 dice on a table in front of a student, state how many bears and fish, … Continue reading

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