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Teachers — the oldest trick in the book!

Back in the “olden days”, the Teachers’ Union used to give some sage advice to teachers just starting a new year in the classroom.

The advice was especially pertinent to teachers of Infant classes, but in reality applies to all primary school teachers everywhere.

And the advice is simple . . .

When a child gets home at the end of that first school day, the first question a parent will ask is, “What did you learn today?”

So . . .

EVERY TEACHER should ensure that the first day at school includes a song, a poem, a joke, a limerick, a simple maths fact — ANYTHING that will PROVE to a loving parent that school is a great place of learning.

And if you happen to be a bit short of ideas, then go to our website at http://www.Edshop.net.au and request our FREE 3-week maths worksheet trial, which we’ll deliver pronto to you via email.

Remember, first impressions are crucial! Make them GREAT impressions.

Have a GREAT first day at school this year — 2016!

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What ALL Primary Teachers Want — a GREAT start to 2016

And what better way to do it than have a worthwhile, interest-packed Maths lesson first up!

How?

Well, EVERY teacher brings to the classroom their own approaches, their own skills, their own personality.

But sometimes, just sometimes, the teacher needs a bit of a new idea, just to get the class “ticking all the boxes”, as it were.

So, here’s the place.

A TOTALLY FREE teaching resource for 3 weeks that can set a positive tone for maths lessons for the rest of the school year. How’s THAT for an idea?

If you’re at all interested, you owe it to yourself to check out the http://www.Edshop.net.au website, and trial the unique AUSSIE primary maths worksheets there.

Thousands of students across Australia are using these fascinating maths word problem worksheets every week — all 3 levels of them.

Many, many SCHOOLS across Australia are subscribing to them, and distributing them to their middle-primary and upper-primary students each week. All at a TINY cost.

Oh, yes. And they make GREAT Homework Sheets. Fresh every week! With Answers!

Go on, check it out! No tricks. No obligation. Just a great teaching tool to help you get those positive maths vibes going in your classroom, right from Week 1 of the 2016 school year.

You owe it to yourself! As Molly would say, “Do yourself a favour!”

Primary Teacher Week 1 Maths Success!

EVERY primary teacher wants a first week success with his / her class.

No doubt about it!

So, for a FUN — but worthwhile — foray into Maths for teachers of Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, you can do no better than to go to the Aussie Ninja of WORD PROBLEM maths fun worksheets.

Totally free for 3 weeks. And worth EVERY CENT of it!

3 levels: Middle-primary, Upper-primary, Extension

Students love them! Teachers love them! Parents love them!

They’re GREAT for use as ready-made HOMEWORK SHEETS. They come with ANSWERS, which adds to their practicability and ease of use, from the teacher’s perspective.

And there’s nothing to pay. Give them a go. Right now!

Didn’t someone say, “The best things in life are FREE?” Well, for 3 weeks these are free, anyway!

The 3-week FREEBIE is available at http://www.EdShop.net.au and it’s absolutely true that there are NO STRINGS ATTACHED!

After the 3 weeks, you and your teaching colleagues can consider the TRUE value of these worksheets. And take the appropriate action. Or not!

All we can do is offer the freebie of an excellent, fun, Aussie, worthwhile Maths product.

Don’t ponder it! JUST DO IT!!

 

Primary Teachers — SAVED!

Yep! If you’re a primary teacher (salt of the earth!), then YOU KNOW that there are times when you just LONG for some classroom material that will promote excitement and interest in your students, while actually TEACHING them something worthwhile.

The internet is saturated with teaching resources. Some of it good, much of it irrelevant or, quite simply, boring!

If there’s ONE THING that a primary teacher DOESN’T need, it’s BORING teaching materials.

Now, we’re not allowed to promote our stuff on Facebook in an advertising way, so we can’t say much about OUR maths educational resources that are unique, Aussie, and fun for all. (Oh, yes, and they build reading comprehension skills as well! Just thought I’d mention it!)

So, you’ll have to check it out for yourself!

Many, MANY teachers are finding this material enormously powerful in teaching meaningful maths to their students in a fun, topical way.

Let’s know what you think! After all, this material is win-win for students and teachers alike!

And they’re FRESH and ready-to-go each week. How valuable is THAT??

Have a great teaching year!

 

Which is right? “BOMDAS” or “BODMAS”

Well, who would have thought?

There I was, asking a simple Maths question to challenge the Facebook masses.

And challenge the masses I did, judging from the kazillions of responses.

“What’s the question?” you ask.

Here ’tis . . .

6÷2(1+2)=?????????
ANSWER IT!

Is the answer 9, or is it 1?

There are strong feelings on both sides. Where do YOU stand on this important issue?

BUT, importantly, if there is some confusion in the teaching ranks (and others, too!) about such a seemingly straight-forward question as this, WHAT HOPE HAVE OUR STUDENTS OF GETTING IT RIGHT?

Now, I’m prepared to enter a discussion in favour of either answer. But the truth is, I’m quite certain that I KNOW the correct answer, whereas many others are — well — just a little less certain.

My main point, however, is that a curriculum that creates uncertainty about such a fundamental thing as BOMDAS or BODMAS (or BEDMAS, as some would have it!) is a curriculum that needs to be fixed. And NOT by the very maths geniuses that created the uncertainty. Rather, by those of us who want our kids to enjoy maths, to be fascinated by maths, to LOVE solving that equation, to actually ENJOY vulgar fractions.

Oh, by the way . . . what IS your answer to the question?????

 

Primary Maths, and Real Estate Rip-offs, and Life!

Who’d believe it?

The housing market goes up, Up, UP!

The prices go up, Up, UP!

So, the commission an estate agent receives goes up, Up, UP! For NO EXTRA WORK!! NONE!!

Robin PicThe normal real estate commission on a house is 2.5%.

So, a couple of years ago, the estate agent selling a house valued at, say, $350,000 got a commission of $8,750.

BUT, in the past 2 years, house prices have increased at an INCREDIBLE rate.

So that very same house would now probably be valued at maybe $580,000.

So, to sell it, the agent gets 2.5% of $580,000 which amounts to $14,500.

That’s an increase of $5,750. For NO EXTRA WORK! Not a thing! In fact, the estate agent’s job has actually become far EASIER, not harder!

Teachers can use this type of situation to help their students understand the importance of maths in everyday life. Not understanding it can have very significant financial consequences.

Or is all this too hard for our primary students?

I don’t think so! Do you?

Hey! Primary Teacher! What’s Your Best Maths Material Ever?

Yes, EVERY primary teacher has a VERY FAVOURITE maths resource that they rely on, that their students love, that makes maths teaching thoroughly enjoyable.

Maybe it only lasts one lesson!

Or, maybe it lasts a week.

Or a month.

But, whatever,03-success IT WORKS!

What is YOUR very favourite lesson topic, approach, gimmick?

Tell us about it so we can share it with others.

Meanwhile, if your looking for a totally NEW, up-to-date approach to maths, you should look no further than our EdShop maths worded problem worksheets. They’re Aussie, they’re fun, and the students LOVE them. Visit our website at http://www.Edshop.net.au for a freebie of two!

Oh, but don’t forget to tell us about your fantastic maths idea! We’ll ALL benefit!