# Do all Maths problems need a single answer?

The answer, it seems, is “NO!”

In this brave new world of Maths education at primary (and secondary) levels, there’s an increasing emphasis on open-ended maths questions.

Questions that encourage mathematical thinking.

Questions that stimulate interest in things mathematical, without actually having a single solution.

Well, maybe not a SINGLE solution, but possibly MANY solutions.

With each solution demanding a considered approach: — “How did you do this? Why did you do it that way? Does your answer make sense? Is there a better way to solve the problem?” And so on.

As usual, though, we need to be asking the question, “Does this approach suit ALL students? Or most of them? Or some of them? Or just a few of them?”

And another question. Is it reasonable to expect teachers to be personally equipped to handle the possibly multiple attempts, by multiple students, who may very well get multiple answers to the question being considered?

Teaching is a fantastic career, and with committed, highly-skilled teachers giving of themselves to those children in their charge, the demands are high.

Given the pressures on teachers, is the “open-ended question” approach a step too far, demanding as it does an enormous, some would say unreasonable, commitment of time and dedication to answer open-ended questions that, in many cases, demand quite sophisticated, considered solutions?

An example of an open-ended question for primary students:
“The perimeter of a rectangular swimming pool is 80 metres. What might the length and width of that swimming pool be?”

For OUR SOLUTION to this particular dilemma, feel free to visit our website at http://www.EdShop.net.au — and enjoy the multiple benefits of our particularly unique approach to Maths support for primary (and lower secondary) teachers.

# Term 1 ends . . . or Term 2 Begins! But Maths goes on forever!

WOW! Primary Teachers . . . A new school week!
Be it the LAST week of Term 1, or approaching the FIRST week of Term 2, here’s an opportunity to WOW your class with some FUN Maths Worded Worksheets.

Written FRESHLY this week.

Questions about the new ANGRY BIRDS movie, the new 2016 Aussie Olympic Games uniforms, and heaps more!

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# Easter and Maths Questions — Perfect!

Primary teachers are Geniuses — or is that “Genii”?

They are able to take the traditional view of Easter — church attendance, hot cross buns, Easter Eggs, holidays — as an ideal structure in which to invent heaps of maths questions that have a natural interest — a natural intrigue — to the students in their care.

And that’s what WE do, here at The Education Shop.

Make maths meaningful! (Just dig that alliteration!)

But if teachers would like a shortcut, they might like to check out our 3-week freebie trial worksheet offer. Just go to http://www.EdShop.net.au and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

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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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# Hey, Primary Teacher! Good questions — for your next Maths Lesson!

Well, these 4 questions are from this week’s (late January, 2016) EdShop Maths Word Problem Worksheets. They’re AUSSIE, and THEY’RE FUN!

Loads more where these came from.

MIDDLE-PRIMARY QUESTIONS:

1. In the Australian Open tennis on TV, in one hour of viewing there were 24 minutes of commercials. The rest was tennis. How many minutes of actual tennis were on TV in that hour?
2. The series of Star Wars movies feature the robots C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8. What total number do you get by adding all the numbers in these robot names together?
3. Spongebob Squarepants can jog 50 metres in 30 seconds. At that rate, how long will it take him to jog 200 metres?
4. Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989. How old (in years) will she be on 1st February 2016?

These questions are from the middle-primary level. We also prepare Upper-Primary and Extension levels of worksheets. ALL OF THEM ARE PREPARED FRESHLY EACH SCHOOL WEEK, AND EMAILED OUT ON SATURDAY AFTERNOONS.

They bring an exciting new, novel, fun, realistic, TOPICAL range of Maths worded questions that the students — and teachers — ABSOLUTELY LOVE!

Try them yourself! For use in your class. Or to share at your school.

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# Sometimes Primary-age students just need something to make them LOVE maths . . . and here it is!

Yep! Some kids HATE maths.

No surprise there!

Every primary teacher has seen it! THAT LOOK that covers the face when it’s Maths Time!

(There should be an EMOTICON for that look!)

Anyway, the time has come to replace THAT look with a look of POSITIVE INTEREST and OPTIMISM and ENTHUSIASM in maths lessons.

And  . . . here’s one way. Just one! But it works! FRESHLY EVERY SCHOOL WEEK!

It’s not JUST maths, either! It involves reading comprehension, usually a little discussion with a classmate or teacher, and an interest-packed Maths exercise that’s FUN, topical, full of interest, and teaches HEAPS about how useful Maths is in everyday life.

AND . . . you can try it out for 3 weeks — totally free of cost or obligation.

MANY teachers have visited! As have many schools! And they’re ecstatic!

Oh, yes, of what am I speaking? (I almost forgot to mention it!)

Visit http://www.EdShop.net.au to find out. Go right NOW, and we’ll respond within the hour!

# 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!”