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Try these with your Year 3/4 class . . .

Hey! Try these with your next Year 3/4 Maths lesson. FUN Maths questions that actually MEAN something!

Q1.: Many “Pokemon Go” people were really upset when a Pokemon upgrade wiped out their 3-week scores. How many days’ records were lost for each player?

Q2.: The new Harry Potter book sold out within just a few minutes at a huge department store, and Mike got very angry. They had advertised the book at $15, reduced from $45. How much EXTRA did Mike have to pay later to buy the book at full price?

Q3. The Australian Census takes place on Tuesday night, August 9th. If there are 3 people who need to complete the form, and each person takes 28 minutes to fill in their section, how long does it take for the entire form to be completed?

Many more where these came from!

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Primary Teachers, Shane Warne, Baked Beans & Maths. REALLY??

Who would have thought that Shane Warne’s baked beans habits would make a great Maths question for primary students?

But they did!

And they do!

Here it is . . . the BIG QUESTION . . .

“Aussie cricketer Shane Warne had 1,900 tins of baked beans flown in and addressed to him personally in India in 1998. (But they weren’t ALL just for him!) If each tin cost 80 cents, what was the total value of all those cans of baked beans?”

And there are HEAPS MORE topical, FUN maths questions where that one came from.

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Go on, give it a go.

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 . . .


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?????


Maths for Muddled Minds, Perhaps?

Not all maths problems are actually maths problems (er, if you know what I mean!).

Take, for example, the problem of house insurance.

This morning I rang our insurance company to check on the following:

“Are our solar panels on our roof covered by insurance?”

The English language does funny things to our brains. Any literal translation of the above question would have to result in useless solar panels. Because they’re USELESS if they’re covered.

But the term “covered” doesn’t mean “covered”! It means “covered”, doesn’t it? Yes, it does.

Now, you and I know EXACTLY what it means.

But pity the poor primary school student who is struggling with literacy AND maths, and can’t interpret this problem.

What hope does he/she have?

That’s why WE do what WE do. Worded maths problems are an essential part of maths understanding and development.

Think about it. But not too long!

Better that you DO something about it! NOW! It can be lots of FUN!

Is Facebook for Real?

What are “Facebook Friends”?

Are they REAL friends?

Or are they part of a large number of …

Well, the answer is, “It depends!”

We maths teachers reckon that, by and large, 3 = 3  and  4+3 = 7

There, I’ve said it! Good solid, predictable, accurate facts.

BUT, let’s look at Facebook.

Maybe not all Facebook Friends are equal!

Could it be?

Maybe, then, there needs to be a RATING of friends — you know,
“best friends”,
“almost best friends”,
“could be best friends”,
“just an acquaintance”,
“a nobody who got on my friends’ list somehow”,
and so on.

In some ways Facebook has brought about a DILUTION of the wonderful, significant, traditional meaning of that term “friend”.

Maybe “friend” now needs to be redefined. But to WHAT?

But, as we maths teachers know, no redefining of 7 + 2 = 9 is necessary. None at all!

Well, do you agree, or am I on totally the wrong track here?