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Teachers — Frustrated by Vulgar Fractions?

Well, we’re just putting the finishing touches to what may well be the world’s MOST BORING book of all time!

It’s about — yes, you guessed it! — Vulgar Fractions.

Now, after years of teaching this boring — but vital — topic to students in middle-primary, upper-primary, and even lower-secondary levels, I know how frustratingly-difficult this topic can be.

So, I’m doing something about it.

As you probably know, some students grasp the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of vulgar fractions, along with the necessary understanding of equivalent fractions and fractions as operators, really easily.

But many, many other students struggle with this entire topic.

And that’s for one very simple reason.

Practice. Or lack there-of.

Well, within around 3 weeks we’ll have put together arguably the most valuable book of practice exercises in Vulgar Fractions ever produced.

Students won’t have to solve EVERY problem. No, just enough to ensure that they have grown in their understanding and skill level, skill-by-skill, stage-by-stage.

You’ll have to wait for it. But if you’re interested, please leave a comment and contact details below. We guarantee to contact you on completion of this boring, but incredibly valuable, teaching resource.

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What teachers want . . . fun, up-to-date maths questions

Teachers everywhere are faced with a conundrum.

They’re expected to teach maths in our ever-changing world, using materials that were published on Noah’s Ark (well, you know what I mean, don’t you!)

Never has our world been changing at such a rate.

Yet here teachers are, in the classroom, being expected to use teaching materials that are in many cases antiquated.

But — AHH! — at last! An up-to-date maths product that’s FUN TO USE!

Here’s what teachers want, and what teachers need.

Up-to-date worded maths problems that are Aussie, fun to use, and teach students how to interpret the printed word into a maths operation and solve it, all the time having an enjoyable time doing so.

Not possible, you say? Well, let me correct you!

Thousands of students around Australia are enjoying these worksheets.

So are their teachers!

Emailed directly to teachers each weekend, ready for use in their classroom the following week.

What could be easier?

The 3 levels, catering for mid-primary, upper-primary and gifted/extension have something for everyone.

Ah! At last, technology can truly “deliver the Maths goods!” EVERY WEEKEND!

Term 3 beckons in Australian schools. What could be easier than giving these a go! Freebies at the website!

Why Primary Teachers Deserve — a Fair Break!

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Once upon a time there was a curriculum — Maths, English, etc. — in primary schools that clearly set out a standard towards which all students should strive.

Sure, some students would well and truly exceed that standard, while others would struggle, but, under the teacher’s guidance, do the very best they could with what they had!

But, today, what do we have?

Some pretty books, some whiz-bang technology, some amazingly-equipped buildings, and heaps of kids who don’t know their tables!

Oh, yes, and we have homework sheets galore that seem to challenge parents and students alike.

Maybe the old ways weren’t so bad!

Maybe a solid curriculum that DEMANDS students and teachers to stretch, to challenge themselves without having to design and redesign their particular school’s approach to the learning essentials, would be a GREAT THING for all.

But, maybe that’s just Pollyanna stuff!

We’ve done our bit, with our interest-packed homework and worded problem sheets.

But teachers and schools need to be given permission, and a concrete curriculum, that actually makes teaching more manageable for all.

Better outcomes would be the ASSURED result!

And isn’t that what we ALL want?

Technology in the classroom: Does it REALLY help, or hinder?

We’re in a bind in education.

We seem to have classrooms increasingly being filled with technological wonders.

And that’s good!

But we also seem to have classrooms in which the students are megabytes ahead of the teachers who are trying to teach them in the area of technology.

Not good enough!

Teachers need the training, the professional development, that will AT THE VERY LEAST give them a fighting chance of understanding what their students are doing on their laptops and tablets (the electronic ones, I mean!).

The old saying that a tradesman is only as good as his tools is only partly true when translated to the classroom situation. We seem to have developed a scenario in which the tools are pretty-well available, but the expertise to manage them and use them to maximum effect in a positive way has eluded us.

Perhaps it’s time for industry to step in and become an active partner in our education system by offering to train our valuable classroom teachers in the technology of today.

After all, it’s the students of TODAY that will be the business professionals of TOMORROW.

How about it, business people?

Hands Up if you think that “Hands Up” is an Offensive Classroom Practice!

Sometimes the sheer STUPIDITY of an idea seems totally incredible!

Hands up if you agree!

Oh, dear, some of you haven’t raised your hands.

Are you uncertain of the answer? Are you anxious about it? Is it inducing depression?

Apparently so!

The latest deep and meaningful idea to hit the world of education suggests irreparable damage to the psyche of students by sheer public humiliation. How? By asking students who KNOW the answer to NOT put their hands up, so that those who DON’T know the answer don’t feel like second-rate classroom citizens.

Is THIS what we’ve come to?

How very pathetic!

What an insult to teachers Australia-wide!

Teachers, you see, are clever people. Perceptive people. Sensitive people. They understand the students in their classroom. They know when to push for an answer, when to glide around a student to avoid embarrassment, when to push and push and push to challenge a student to extend himself or herself.

Teachers, I repeat, are clever people.

Let’s give them the ENORMOUS credit that they deserve.

RIGHT NOW!

Hands up if you agree!

Maths teachers’ goldmine topics . . .

What primary teacher can resist a ready-made maths thingo to get the students involved?

Something that’ll be EASY to copy and use, but that the students will LOVE?

Sound impossible?

Well, in our worksheets this week we’ve covered the following:

  • The new Scrabble words allowed — including “cakehole” (the kids will LOVE that word!);
  • The New Zealand Government’s new taxes for arriving and leaving NZ;
  • Singer Beyoncé’s messing with champagne in the spa;
  • The world shortage of bees;
  • Melbourne Victory’s great soccer success;
  • Andy Griffiths winning the Australian Book of the Year Award;
  • The Salvation Army’s May Appeal;
  • The Freddo Frog Shrinkage Problem;
  • Peppa Pig’s carpet shampooing needs;
  • And so much more!

Why should maths questions be out-of-date, irrelevant, or just plain boring?

INTERESTING MATHS QUESTIONS?  BRING ‘EM ON!!

Teachers should use Law Week for their Maths Teaching! And new-born Princess Charlotte, and Prince Harry, and . . .

Every day, every week, every month provides primary teachers with opportunities to use the news of the day to teach.

“To teach what?” you ask.

Well — not to put too fine a point on it — LOTS OF STUFF!

Who says teachers have to categorise all leaning into “timetable-sized chunks” for easy digestion.

Who says indeed?

Like, LAW WEEK this week offers so many opportunities to teach aspects of English (how the law SHOULD BE WRITTEN), reading comprehension (the Old Melbourne Gaol, and the hangings there!), the Ghosts of parliament house, and in Maths, the way lawyers charge, the entertainment this week through mock trials, how juries work (12 Angry Men, etc.) and so on.

But, what a GREAT way to teach maths in a REAL way!

And that’s just in LAW WEEK.

What about Mothers’ Day, or Royal Baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Windsor, or 2-year-old George Windsor, or Prince harry and his adoring minions, or the Federal Budget, or the Soccer v AFL debate, or discount shopping, or … or …

Our Maths Worksheets do this. But why don’t YOU do it as well, at your school?

Just a thought!