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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
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
Happy Lines
I am always on the lookout for good maths problems. Problems which make students think. Nonroutine 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
Posted in Pedagogy, Problem Solving, Visualisation
Tagged Kevin Cummins, maths toolbox, Problem Solving, teacher lust
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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
Posted in Games, Problem Solving
Tagged algebra, dice, investigation, Mathematics, Problem Solving, Steve Wright, students, substitution, target board, teachers
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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
Posted in Problem Solving, Teaching Ideas, Worksheets
Tagged arithmetic, calcudoku, kakuro, Mathematical puzzle, puzzle, puzzles, sudoku
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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
Posted in Games, Problem Solving, Teaching Ideas, Web Resources
Tagged algebra, counting, number theory, probability, Problem Solving, Project Euler, statistics
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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
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
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
Posted in Games, Problem Solving, Web Resources
Tagged degree, gameshow, letters, Lily Serna, Maths Blogs, numbers, Richard Morecroft, sbs, tv
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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
Posted in Games, Problem Solving, Teaching Ideas
Tagged area, nrich, poetry, Problem Solving, spring, teamwork
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