# Primary Maths, and Real Estate Rip-offs, and Life!

Who’d believe it?

The housing market goes up, Up, UP!

The prices go up, Up, UP!

So, the commission an estate agent receives goes up, Up, UP! For NO EXTRA WORK!! NONE!!

The normal real estate commission on a house is 2.5%.

So, a couple of years ago, the estate agent selling a house valued at, say, \$350,000 got a commission of \$8,750.

BUT, in the past 2 years, house prices have increased at an INCREDIBLE rate.

So that very same house would now probably be valued at maybe \$580,000.

So, to sell it, the agent gets 2.5% of \$580,000 which amounts to \$14,500.

That’s an increase of \$5,750. For NO EXTRA WORK! Not a thing! In fact, the estate agent’s job has actually become far EASIER, not harder!

Teachers can use this type of situation to help their students understand the importance of maths in everyday life. Not understanding it can have very significant financial consequences.

Or is all this too hard for our primary students?

I don’t think so! Do you?

# 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, 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!

# 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: 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?

# Maths for Muddled Minds, Perhaps?

Not all maths problems are actually maths problems (er, if you know what I mean!).

Take, for example, the problem of house insurance.

This morning I rang our insurance company to check on the following:

“Are our solar panels on our roof covered by insurance?”

The English language does funny things to our brains. Any literal translation of the above question would have to result in useless solar panels. Because they’re USELESS if they’re covered.

But the term “covered” doesn’t mean “covered”! It means “covered”, doesn’t it? Yes, it does.

Now, you and I know EXACTLY what it means.

But pity the poor primary school student who is struggling with literacy AND maths, and can’t interpret this problem.

What hope does he/she have?

That’s why WE do what WE do. Worded maths problems are an essential part of maths understanding and development.

Think about it. But not too long!

Better that you DO something about it! NOW! It can be lots of FUN!

# Education today . . .It’s so frustrating !

Am I just a grumpy old man? Or what?

Is it just me, or do I suspect that today’s teachers are sort of “locked in” to the teaching methods and strategies of 2014, but are disregarding many of the tried and true teaching methods of the past?

Yes, I AM old!

Yes, I did teach for 30 years.

Yes, I did make use of rote learning, of sight vocab in reading, of phonics to support the sight vocab.

Yes, when a student couldn’t cope with a particular method or concept, I’d find a work-around.

Yes, I’m having SOME doubts that teachers of today are being encouraged to disregard those proven methods.

Replace them, maybe, with the latest piece of technology.

For what?

Children need to follow that basic teaching tennet — to move from the known to the unknown.

It’s basic. It’s common-sense. And it’s a real encouragement and motivator for the struggling student.

Let’s ALL get behind them, and give them the encouragement and self-confidence they need to maximise the potential they have.

That’s my plea!

And if we do, then maybe I won’t be quite so grumpy.

Don’t you agree? What’s YOUR view?