Category Archives: classrooms

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 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!


Can YOU do this Naplan Maths Problem?

Well, teachers, parents, educators . . . can YOU solve this one?

It caused a stir in the newspapers this week. And it’s a NAPLAN maths problem, so it MUST be easy!


Here goes . . .

A mop-and-bucket set costs $1.10. The mop costs $1 more than the bucket. How much does this bucket cost?

a) 5 cents

b) 10 cents

c) $1

There! Simple, isn’t it?

Or is it?

According to the newspaper article, just around a quarter of the 12,000 people who tried to solve this problem got the correct answer.

That means that around 75% got it wrong! And, just a reminder, this question was on the NAPLAN test for primary-aged students.

And, as the article says, “The same question was put to a bunch of Harvard, MIT, and Princeton students and more than 50% got it wrong.”

Well, what’s YOUR answer.

So, if we’ve REALLY puzzled you, and you want THE correct answer (don’t be fooled, now, will you??), then you can email us at and we’ll send you a reply and an explanation.

We are specialists in worded maths problems for middle- and upper-primary school students, and this question even made US think a little more than usual!

But, you think you’re right, don’t you?

Well, don’t you?

Our advice . . . DON’T BE SO SURE!!

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