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Who would have thought . . .?

Maths lessons tend to be quite predictable. Follow the curriculum set way back at the start of the school year. Relevant or not! Helpful or not. Boring, or not.

But then . . . along comes some real-life event that interests everyone — yes, EVERYONE!

And what do Maths lessons do? Well, nothing new, usually.


You see, each week we write and email out Maths resources DIRECTLY RELATED TO REAL-LIFE HAPPENINGS. And not just current affairs! Often they are about the latest movie releases for children, or the latest pop tunes, or the top-of-the-ratings TV shows, or sporting heroes, or the weather, or . . . whatever!

Things that interest EVERYONE. But with a worded Maths question attached. Fun. Stimulating. Positive Maths!

You’ll never know how helpful these resources could be in YOUR CLASSROOM unless you try them out — FREE — and share them with your teaching colleagues, and chat about them in the Staffroom.

All we can do is encourage you to take a look at these worded maths problems.

Tens of thousands of students Australia-wide are using them each and every school week.

Could they help YOU and YOUR CLASS?

Please consider

Your MATHS lesson “silver bullet”? Maybe not, but pretty close!

One way to build a POSITIVE vibe in your Maths lessons, and it only costs $4. Try it out! Literally THOUSANDS of primary students around Australia are benefiting each and every week using this tremendous resource.

Practical Maths Leadership materials in primary schools are hard to come by.

And INNOVATIVE, CREATIVE Maths materials are even harder to find.

BUT . . . they exist, they’re written freshly each week, and they’ll add a real, GENUINE SPARK to the way in which the children in your class think about Maths, right now and into the future.

Give them a go! Just $4 and you’ll IMMEDIATELY receive this week’s Maths Pack via email.


Just $4 to discover “Maths Gold”!




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!

These questions were taken from this week’s FUN Maths Worksheets. For FREE 3-week trial for Years 3/4 or Years 5/6 visit Delivered tonight! Become your school’s MATHS HERO!


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 and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Go on! Do yourself a favour! That’s



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.

For an OBLIGATION-FREE 3-WEEK TRIAL SUBS., go to and ENJOY the fun, and the maths success, that we bring to that all-important subject — maths!

Go on, give it a go.

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.


  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?03-success

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.

FREE for the 3-week trial period. Absolutely no cost! Absolutely no obligation! (Not a single credit card number need change hands!!)

To receive this week’s worksheets TODAY (Sunday!), simply go to and complete the “3-week trial” coupon. We’ll do the rest! We’ll respond STRAIGHT AWAY!

Go on! Check it out NOW!  What is there to lose? and enjoy the fruits of this terrific teaching resource!


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.

Go on, give it a go. Chat about it at school with your teacher friends, your Principal, the students in your class.

Try it out as a lesson-starter. Or as ready-made HOMEWORK SHEETS.

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 to find out. Go right NOW, and we’ll respond within the hour!


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 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!!


Teachers — Maths Standards . . . Do they add up?

03-successThe Aussie media has given massive coverage to Maths in Schools in recent days. It really brings the importance of maths at home, in school, and in life, to the priority it deserves, doesn’t it!

A large number of our students at primary and secondary level have “tuned out” of maths. They’ve given up on it. It’s too hard, many say. Or irrelevant to daily life, they say. Or, technology makes mathematical knowledge unnecessary, they opine.

What a tragedy. AN ABSOLUTE TRAGEDY!

The time has come to help our students — and their parents — develop not only a functional level of maths understanding, but — and here’s a touch of optimism! — even a level of fascination and interest in maths.

And why not?

We don’t all have to be “Einsteins” to actually enjoy numbers and the part they play in our lives.

Let’s encourage even our “slowest” students to get something positive, something FUN, from their maths lessons.

And, what do you know, we teachers may even add to our enjoyment as well.

A great start would be to visit for a few freebies that will get you on the path to more maths fun.

Go on, give it a go!

Any other suggestions for a more positive approach to maths in schools will be greatly welcomed!

Teachers struggle with the New In-word — “Meta”

As if there wasn’t enough educational jargon we teachers have to try to come to grips with!

But, here we go again!

Yes, it’s the “META” prefix.

It’s sort of like the “i” in iphone and ipod and ipad and iwatch and i-everything else!

Except that it’s Meta!

Now our PM, Tony Abbott, got himself into a bit of a hole while discussing “Metadata” not so long back. What is it? Who knows? But it seems to have become a part of the lexicon already. Maybe we don’t really NEED to know what it means!

There doesn’t seem to be much info around to help we poor, unsuspecting teachers to understand the “Meta” world.

The VCE English syllabus talks lots about Meta-language. Yes, I said “Meta-language”. Closer examination of this amazing term reveals that we older, more experienced teachers would probably substitute the terms “functional grammar” for the aforementioned “Meta” term.

If “Meta” implies some grand, fantastically large knowledge base for every category of learning, then perhaps it wouldn’t be too much to ask for a clear directive from the educational authorities, eloquently but practically expressed, to give teachers a fighting chance of making a fist of it in their teaching.

Until such clear direction is forthcoming, we teachers here in Australia need to do our very best to continue to impart genuine mathematical and linguistic skills to our students in the best, most efficient possible way, given the resources available to us.

Our EdShop materials, outlined at are but one source of heading in the “Meta” direction, teaching and encouraging positive attitudes towards maths AND reading comprehension in one fascinating, fun package freshly-released each week.

There are many others! Unfortunately, not all are adapted to the Australian curriculum and lingo. A pity, that!

Let’s hope that considerably more “Meta” detail is forthcoming in the near future. It SHOULD benefit all! But will it? Experience tends to suggest that the REAL danger is that a whole new layer of expectation will be dumped upon teachers yet again, with no realistic opportunity to have access to resources and the professional development opportunities required to allow them to develop the necessary skillsets for successful implementation.

A pity, that!

How are YOU responding to this “META-CHALLENGE”?