To improve our teaching practice we need to constantly reflect.

Here are some good questions.

Stimuli to Achieve in Mathematics

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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.

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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

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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!

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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 |

Excel |

Geogebra |

Go Animate |

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 |

ustream.com |

utube |

video |

virtuoso app |

Wiki |

Wordle |

Xtranormal |

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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.

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These videos are great to cover missed work or to revise concepts. It is necessary to check which is relevant to the class you are teaching.

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