Category Archives: Schools

Ahh! March, 2017. And our thoughts turn to . . . (a) Autumn (b) Naplan (c) Easter (d) All the above.

Well, probably (b) is the one front of mind at the moment. But SHOULD IT BE?

Pressures abound on teachers — from co-ordinators, from the administration, from the curriculum gurus, from parents, from the community.

All wanting the best for students. And the best for the school.

Teachers need help. And support. And inspiration. And mentoring.

And — time to think, time to relax and enjoy their careers, their hopes, their families, their hobbies.

So . . . as the psychologists would probably say — “Give yourself a break!”

Go on, spoil yourself a little this week — and EVERY week.

You DESERVE it!

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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.

Go on! Do yourself a favour! That’s http://www.EdShop.net.au

 

 

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 http://www.EdShop.net.au and ENJOY the fun, and the maths success, that we bring to that all-important subject — maths!

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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?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 http://www.EdShop.net.au and complete the “3-week trial” coupon. We’ll do the rest! We’ll respond STRAIGHT AWAY!

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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!

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!”

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?????

 

Teachers — Your Nescafe Maths Opportunity!

Sometimes an opportunity to teach Maths in a REALISTIC way presents itself in the least-expected places.

Take NESCAFE, for example! (Yes, please!!)

The makers of this wonderful beverage recently launched (in July, 2015) a “new and improved” Café Menu range of Nescafe. The range contained no fewer than 14 types of coffee in sachets — including hazelnut latte, white chocolate mocca, strong cappuccino and many others.

BUT . . .

Heaps of disgruntled Nescafe-lovers aren’t at all happy with the new product. They claim that the recipe of their “good old Nescafe” that they have loved for years has been changed — for the worse! And they have expressed their fury on social media — Facebook and the like.

How does this relate to Maths?

Well, it’s pretty easy to build up an interesting Maths problem from this. For example, if 2,400 people tried the new Nescafe sachets, and 60% of them weren’t happy with the new product line, how many people WERE happy with it?

Easy!

And interesting!

Any year 5 student should be able to work that out without even blinking. “SHOULD” is the key word, though!

The moral: Let’s make Maths interesting and relevant!

Please!

Any suggestions about topical matters that lend themselves to Maths problems for primary students will be greatly appreciated!

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!

MUSTN’T IT?

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 info@EdShop.net.au 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!!

The Education Shop — Specialising in Fresh, Topical AUSSIE Maths Worded Problem Worksheets. Visit us at http://www.EdShop.net.au to check out our valuable maths stuff for students, teachers, schools and parents!

Maths Teaching Props for the Holidays

2_backgroundremovalNever let it be said that maths teaching ends when school holidays begin!

Let’s say, for example, you and the kids are off to see “Inside Out” at the movies. A chat on the way into the theatre about how much it’ll cost at $11 per ticket (or whatever the price is!) will reveal much about your child’s “automatic response” skills. And when you get them to add the cost of popcorn and an ice-cream for each person, their mental arithmetic skills will reveal themselves. You may just be AMAZED! (one way or the other!)

So . . .

Make good use of the holidays to try to reach some sort of conclusion about the state of your child(ren)’s maths skill level.

You can check out things like weight (how many grams in a 1 kg bag of sugar), time (how long would it take to ride the escalator from bottom to top? Guess, then measure), how long is a Matilda’s scarf that you can see in the window of the department store (Guess, then measure).

You get the idea.

Maths is everywhere. So is the ability to LEARN about maths and its importance to each of us. AND TO ACTUALLY USE IT!!

Go on! Give it a go!

Your kids will benefit greatly!