Category Archives: School problems

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.

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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?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.

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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!”

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!

Teachers: Johnny Depp’s Doggies make ideal maths teaching stuff

Sometimes the TV news brings great teaching opportunities.

Like Johnny Depp’s lack of obedience to Australia’s quarantine laws.

So, what have WE done?

We’ve created a maths worksheet that includes a problem or two about Johnny’s doggies. Yes, maths questions about something really topical, really funny, and really appealing to the very students you teach.

And that’s only ONE topic covered. There are heaps more!

Like the national Girl Guides’ Biscuit day fundraiser. And the Hamish Blake bikeride through some of Italy’s mountains, and Roger Federer being beaten by Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios.

Why NOT let kids see how maths works in everyday life?

NAPLAN — and why parents should LOVE it!

Yes, the controversy rages on!

But, the TRUE (but often-hidden) values of NAPLAN are often ignored.

Value 1: NAPLAN gives at least SOME structure to a curriculum that, at the very least, leaves much to be desired. It actually suggests standards at which students at Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 should, or could, or maybe are within arms reach of, attaining in the areas of Maths, English, spelling, grammar and written expression. Yes, admittedly it’s only a “suggestion”, a “hint” if you like. But at least it’s SOMETHING!

Value 2: NAPLAN gives a simple, straight-forward, one-page report. Big on graphics, small on text. Not that 15-page mumbo-jumbo, copy and pasted school report that numbs the imagination and provides little in the way of factual reporting on student progress. Now, no-one should be mislead into believing everything showing on the NAPLAN student report sheet. But, by golly, it’s a good start for parents to check it out, and then ask some truly meaningful questions of teachers and school.

Value 3: School comparisons. Some of us are not too sure of the value of the ranking of schools in accordance with NAPLAN results. So many variables, so many value-related implications!

So, there it is. A defence, sort of, of the TRUE VALUE of NAPLAN testing, from one who sits on the edge of the world of schools and observes parents, teachers and students as they prepare for the 2015 week of NAPLAN.

Have a good one!

Teachers, Petrol and Maths

Petrol prices go up. We whinge and moan.

Petrol prices go down (as at present!). We whinge and moan.

What gives?

Sure, the petrol price fluctuations occur for different reasons.

Cause and effect, maybe. Or supply and demand, maybe. Or greed, maybe.

But the price? Well, how do we decide whether it’s justified, or not?

Should we rush to the media, savaging the petroleum industry for its price rises as each long weekend approaches?

Or should we rush to the media, having been made suddenly aware that the world’s petroleum industry is falling through the floor, as may very well the world’s economy?

How do we respond and decide whether there’s real trouble afoot?

Well, the answer is MATHS.

Maths, maths, maths.

Not just doing sums, but actually understanding that the sums are put together from some sort of understanding of the context in which figures can be interpreted.

And that takes teaching. That takes training. That takes “maths comprehension”.

That takes Education, with a capital E. And it takes genuine LEARNING.

Teachers have a huge job. Maybe a little less “how to wipe your nose”, and a little more gutsy maths interpretation stuff would be a great thing.

Does today’s school curriculum deliver on those grounds? At your school? In your country?

Well? What’s your take on it all?

Rote Learning — The old way, or the NEW way? A Mentor, please!

These days in schools, it’s cool to be cool.

It’s GREAT to be up with the latest IT, the software that promises so much.

But, DOES IT DELIVER?

So many valuable educational dollars spent on so much fantastic-sounding technology.

So many valuable educational dollars spent on the promise of software that will deliver great outcomes.

So few teachers who are in a position to capitalise on all this “promise” that surrounds them.

So, what is a school administrator to do?

Look good? Appear progressive with government and with peers?

Or SLOW DOWN, and bring along the teachers in an orderly, sensible, encouraging manner?

How about, then we all slow down, take a well-earned, much-needed educational “deep breath”, so that some of the proven teaching and learning methods of the past aren’t “lost” in the “promise” of the new, state-of-the-art technologies and hardware that at the moment seem largely a diversion, rather than a valuable teaching tool.

The old ways, like rote learning. Getting number facts and functional vocab into the long term memory of students.

Like, “automatic response” development, such as the teachers of old used to learn their tables, their spelling, their — lots!

And, how about we encourage each and every teacher to find their own teaching mentor — someone whom they trust, respect, “worship” and can easily learn from as they seek to improve their own teaching performance.

Too much to ask?

Too much NOT to ask!