When Students Are Focused, Their Brainwaves Sync Up by Bethany Brookshire

6 07 2017

Some research on when students learn best. Thank you Bethany.

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10 Questions for Teacher Reflection From Edna Sackson

27 05 2016

To improve our teaching practice we need to constantly reflect. 

Here are some good questions.





The Maths Problem 1000 Maths Teachers Couldn’t Solve by Dan Meyer

26 09 2015

I like the logic of this problem. The technique could be applied to any problem in any class.

  • Form groups
  • Propose a general solution
  • Other groups work to discount the proposal

You also have a great problem with which to model the method. 

  





Students need to remember that learning wasn’t meant to be easy.

11 12 2013

This article was in the Sydney Morning Herald today. It contains numerous encouragements for students to persevere to solve mathematical problems rather than immediately seeking the answer from somewhere or someone else. Thank you Jenny Allum





Rates and Ratios

13 03 2013

Today I started the topic of Rates and Ratios with Year 8. The teaching commenced with the ingredients for making my sponge recipe.

4 eggs

three quarters of a cup of sugar

2 cups of flour

2 tablespoons of milk.

I then informed the class that this mixture would fill 2 cake tins and asked them to work out the quantities to fill one cake tin. The challenge for some students was halving three quarters,

I also asked them to list the ingredients to make a double mixture of sponge and proceeded to ask them to work out the connection between the flour and sugar using whole numbers.

We then progressed to discuss making concrete in a cement mixer, where a shovel is used to count the the proportions of sand, gravel and cement in the ratio 4:2:1 respectively. We also worked out the proportions of each component resulting in 28 shovel fulls of mixture.

What a practical topic!





Resources for Mathematics activities

27 01 2013

Here is a list of ideas to use when designing a lesson or for the students to use as they publish their work.

 

Adobe Ideas
Animoto
apps?
Audacity
Autograph
blog
Calameo

Camera Video

Cam Studio
Delicious
dominos
Dragon app
Easispeak
Email
Excel
facebook
Geogebra
Go Animate
Google
Google Docs
Google maps
Google Sketchup
Hovercam
Hovercam
Inspiration
Ipad
Jing
Khan Academy
Mathletics
MathsOnline
Monkemail
Moodle forum

Moodle Glossary

Moodle Quiz
Museum Box
OneNote
online text activity
online text project
Paint
photos
poll4.com
Powerpoint
Prezi
print-bingo.com
Publisher
Puzzlemaker
quizlet
Smartboard
Sticky Notes
Survey Monkey
Tagxedo
Talking Tom
Tarsia
Twitter
ustream.com
utube
video
virtuoso app
Wiki
Wordle
Xtranormal

trig

 





A piece of pi

22 07 2011

As today’s date is 22/7 I made Pi chocolates in my silicon mould and gave a piece to each student in each of my classes. It allowed discussion of Pi and was particularly relevant for Year 10 who were learning about radians. Students in other classes heard about our treat too.