Category Archives: Problem Solving

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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What If ?

These two little words are very powerful in teaching and learning Mathematics. An Open Ended Question can easily lead to an investigation by simply saying:  “What if …….” I encourage students to give more than one answer to an open … Continue reading

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Happy Lines

I am always on the lookout for good maths problems. Problems which make students think. Non-routine problems. Some students are reluctant to engage with problem solving because it puts them out of their comfort zone. Therefore give encouragement. Give problem … Continue reading

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Students + Teachers = Maths

My most enjoyable and successful classes are those where I learn WITH the students. Hence I was pleased to stumble across Max Ray’s blog post: I know I’m doing it right when… Max’s statements nearly all start with: “Students and Teachers … Continue reading

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Number Puzzles

I have recently been investigating the use of number puzzles in the Mathematics classroom. As a puzzle solver, I find them both relaxing and motivating. To reach that final solution gives the solver a clear sense of purpose and a … Continue reading

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The Art of Problem Solving

Filling in my time during the school holidays can be a struggle. Problem solving to the rescue! Project Euler has long been a favorite of mine. Dan at A Recursive Process is likewise addicted. John at Zero Knowledge Proofs is … Continue reading

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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

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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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Spring has Sprung

My Grandfather seemed to have an endless repertoire of poetry to recite. Some were intricate and beautiful, other simple and frivolous, like this one: The Spring has sprung, The grass has ris, I wonder where the birdies is? The 1st … Continue reading

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