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About webmaths

I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.

Hidden Figures

I have just watched the film Hidden Figures. It tells the story of three African American women mathematicians at NASA—Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson—who were instrumental in “doing the math” that allowed John Glenn to be the first American … Continue reading

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Maths Warmups

Many Math Blogs have good ideas for starting a Maths lesson. For example: WODB Would You Rather Always, Sometimes, Never Transum Solve My Maths When I started teaching Maths (37 years ago!) my mentors impressed on me the importance of … Continue reading

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Playing Mathematically

Anybody who knows me, can easily see I have a passion for playing games. A fellow teacher starts each school day trying to beat me at “Stop or Dare”. At the end of a teaching day Maths teachers and the … Continue reading

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2016 Bring It On

As usual during the summer holidays I get sick of gardening and housework and can’t wait to get back to school. Fortunately, I have 90 Mathematics teaching blogs in my RSS reader. These give me plenty of inspiration, as well as … Continue reading

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Multiplication Tic Tac Toe in 3 Acts

Multiplication Tic Tac Toe is a great game because it: is easy to learn requires minimal equipment provides lots of practice of multiplication facts requires logical thinking ACT ONE – Constructing the Game Provide a pair of students with a … Continue reading

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Hulk Smash!

How important is a “hook” into a lesson? Imagine this: A teacher runs across the room, jumps in the air and falls to the ground with his fists punching the floor, yelling “hulk smash”. For greater effect he would have … Continue reading

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The Quilt

Sun streams in, as young minds do battle. Youth blossoms with potential, but struggles with meaning. A quilt hangs in all its glory, with names adorned from the past. A link exists, which brings great sadness. Oh life, Oh death, … Continue reading

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A Challenge to all Mathematics Teachers

Steve Wyborney on his blog – I’m on a Learning Mission – recently challenged educators to: Think deeply about what you believe about every student’s learning potential.  Complete this sentence and post it. “I believe…” I replied: “I believe that … Continue reading

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If Solving Simultaneous Equations with Matrices is the Headache…

I really struggle to think of catchy headings – so I stole this one from Dan Meyer! My Year 10’s are currently learning Matrices – operations, determinants, inverse matrices, etc. Because this group of students “loves” forming groups and solving … Continue reading

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Equations of Tangents and Normals

My Year 12 Maths Methods students are now applying their differentiation skills to applications. Student D. has requested a worked solution to this question: For the function y = loge (2x+3) , find the equations of the tangent and normal … Continue reading

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