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Hey! Primary Teacher! What’s Your Best Maths Material Ever?

Yes, EVERY primary teacher has a VERY FAVOURITE maths resource that they rely on, that their students love, that makes maths teaching thoroughly enjoyable.

Maybe it only lasts one lesson!

Or, maybe it lasts a week.

Or a month.

But, whatever,03-success IT WORKS!

What is YOUR very favourite lesson topic, approach, gimmick?

Tell us about it so we can share it with others.

Meanwhile, if your looking for a totally NEW, up-to-date approach to maths, you should look no further than our EdShop maths worded problem worksheets. They’re Aussie, they’re fun, and the students LOVE them. Visit our website at http://www.Edshop.net.au for a freebie of two!

Oh, but don’t forget to tell us about your fantastic maths idea! We’ll ALL benefit!

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The “B” word in teaching primary Maths

So . . .

Alexander, the year 12 student from a Melbourne school, came 4th in the TOUGHEST maths exam in the world!

Congrats, Alexander! A FANTASTIC effort.

And what did he have to say about the way maths is taught in schools in Australia?

BORING! The “B” word!

” . . . boring, to be frank!” he said.

Wow! Let’s make a note of that comment, from the 18-year-old who came 4th in the world. Yes, the whole world.

Surely that tells we teachers — primary and secondary — something about the way in which we approach teaching this vital subject.

In an age in which stuff seems to happen at an ever-increasing rate of knots, we need to be not simply teaching the skills and process of maths.

We need to be nurturing POSITIVE ATTITUDES towards this curriculum area that occupies so much of our teaching time each week.Robin Pic

We need to ensure that each student sitting before us feels to some extent successful — even to the slightest extent — so that they will be ENCOURAGED to tackle a slightly-more-difficult maths problem next time.

We need to add a touch of FUN to our maths sessions.

It ain’t hard. But we MUST do it!

For the sake of the children entrusted to our teaching.

If you need a start, visit our website at http://www.EdShop.net.au to get a few freebies that will give you a feel for fun in maths.

Go on! Try it! Your class — and your teaching colleagues — will be incredibly grateful to you!

And can you share with us some other fun maths resources that you’ve found truly useful, and FUN!

Just mention them in the “Comments” panel at the bottom of this blog.

Let’s help each other here!

Primary Teachers — Today’s Trick Question for Your Class . . .

Here’s a “golden oldie” that tricks them every time . . .!

Ask your class:

“Which is correct: ‘The yolk of an egg is white, or the yolk of an egg are white?'”

The children will almost always answer, “The yolk of an egg IS white.”

Which, of course, is wrong!

Because “The yolk of an egg is yellow!”

Fooled them again!

Watch out for tomorrow’s trick question. To get it you’ll have to “Like” this trick question!

And if you have a trick question we can share with our teacher audience, just message it to us via the Facebook message box. Thanks in anticipation!