# Monthly Archives: September 2010

## Clusters

As Mathematics teachers we are often confined to teach to a prescribed curriculum. We feel pressured to prepare students, as well as we can, for their final year of secondary schooling. In Victoria, this is known as the Victorian Certificate … Continue reading

## Sheet Metal Engineering

Storyshell: The Manager of “Trevaskis Engineering Pty Ltd” pondered the problem that his most recent customer had given him. “I need a 50% perforated rectangular sheet (900 x 600) of metal with 10mm holes”. He thought: “What spacing should I … Continue reading

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## Beautiful Baby?

Was I a beautiful baby? I’ll let you be the judge by looking at my “baby” photo below. I think at least my Mum thought I was beautiful – that’s good enough for me! Why else would she spit saliva … Continue reading

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## Crack the Codes

As a way to get students to practice mental arithmetic, I compiled this Crack the Codes worksheet. The problems are graded from very easy to hard. Here are two examples: 1. Two Digit Number: Reel B is an odd number. Reel … Continue reading

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## People Skills

After reading misscalcul8’s short but important post titled: “To Current and Future Administrators“, I couldn’t resist adding a few snippets from my teaching experiences. On the 1st Feb 1980, I walked into my first school. It had over 1100 students … Continue reading

## Place Value Lesson

Structuring my Year 7 double session is important for 2 main reasons: 1.  Catering for a very wide spread of abilities (6 grade levels!) 2.  A variety of tasks that will sustain the students (and me) for 90 minutes. Number … Continue reading

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## Numbers Game 2

If the last post whet your appetite for this type of puzzle, then the screenshot below presents you (or your students) with another challenge. Can you make 533? I showed the online video to my year 9’s today and they … Continue reading

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## Letters and Numbers

I happened to tune into SBS TV tonight to see: “Letters and Numbers Ep 28 : Air Date 8th Sep 6:00pm, Melbourne time. Letters and Numbers is hosted by Richard Morecroft. Unlike most game shows, it doesn’t drag out the … Continue reading

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## When will we ever use this?

Early in my teaching career, students used to ask me this question. I was lost for an answer, or my answer did not convince or satisfy the student. At long last I know how to answer this question. Steven Diaz … Continue reading