Monthly Archives: June 2009

6 to Start

I had a fascinating probability lesson with my year 11 class last week. I love probability partly because some of it is counter intuitive. The idea for this activity came from the text:  Hammond et al (1994). “Mathematics Learning for Life … Continue reading

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9 Dogs

In my Year 9 Maths class I gave Lauren the 9 dogs puzzle. This came about after I asked her if she had any dogs. Lauren promptly told me that she has a Labrador and a Golden Retriever. She prefers … Continue reading

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My Foundation Maths class have now completed Semester 1. We have completed lots of skills exercises, and 3 extended projects. These involved maps, scale drawings, buying a car, geometrical shapes and planning a road trip. Just as important, we have … Continue reading

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Top 10 Websites

Picking the Top 10 Mathematics websites will always be subjective. But I’m going to do it anyway. Keep in mind that I am a secondary school Mathematics teacher. Also I am looking at these websites from a teachers perspective. Therefore … Continue reading

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I first came across this term whilst attending a presentation by Prof. David Clarke (Melbourne University) at the annual MAV conference. Kikan-Shido is a Japanese term which literally “means ‘between desks instruction’ where the teacher walks around the classroom, predominantly … Continue reading

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I think, therefore I am

This quote is generally attributed to Rene Descartes, the great French Mathematician. To solve Maths problems you need to think, so I have started a new student problem solving blog to encourage my students, and students anywhere in the world, … Continue reading

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