BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK – Maths Week Ireland
Douglas Buchanan ~ [email protected] ~ www.dcbeagle.com ~ @dcbeagle1
Welcome to 2022 and a Happy New Year!
At the beginning of a calendar year there is always a challenge to create number sentences, using all the four digits of the particular year, to find solutions from 1 to 100. This is an ideal activity for all levels. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website has produced an activity sheet for distribution.
The One Thing All Great Teachers Do
This inspirational TEX presentation illustrates the power we have on our pupils in their approach to learning at the time and subsequently in the future. In maths teaching we need to keep the lessons exciting and meaningful whilst the basic concepts are being taken on board. Which would YOU prefer? “For the next 10 minutes let’s play ‘Cross Road’ and see how many multiples of 7 you recognise” or “We are going to chant the 7-times table for the next 10 minutes or until you get it right!”
“With this talk, Dr. Nick Fuhrman encourages us to recognize the profound personal impact that we can have on others — both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Nick Fuhrman is an associate professor of environmental education in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication. Also known as “Ranger Nick,” he teaches graduate courses in educational program development and data analysis.”
Nick’s final analysis:
1. Celebrate mistakes
2. Appreciate differences
3. Relay feedback
4. Evaluate themselves
Puzzles of the month (H.E. Dudeney)
Exploring the desert
Nine travellers, each possessing a car, meet on the eastern edge of a desert. They wish to explore the interior, always going due west. Each car can travel forty miles on the contents of the engine tank, which holds a gallon of fuel, and each can carry nine extra gallon cans of fuel and no more. Unopened cans can alone be transferred from car to car. What is the greatest distance at which they can enter the desert without making any depots of fuel for the return journey?
The Hidden Power of Maths
The Spring Term is usually an “iffy” term when there are wet “breaks” and this series of Royal Institution Christmas lectures is ideal to show this series. They always lead to discussion and follow up work.
This last Christmas the lectures were on the virus pandemic.
17 Reasons to Love Maths
Taken from the website Top Notch Teaching the following comments were gathered from pupils. The website expands on each of the reasons.
1. Maths can save you money
2. Like patterns? Like Maths
3. Maths builds problem-solving skills
4. Maths encourages curiosity and questions
5. Maths helps out in the kitchen
6. Maths is black and white
7. You can take lots of approaches to Maths
8. Maths is play for your brain
9. Enjoy puzzles? Maths’s for you
10. Maths and science go hand in hand
11. Finding the answer is satisfying
12. Building, sewing and other hands-on activities use Maths
13. Maths is a journey
14. Use Maths to create art
15. Maths is about wondering and asking questions
16. Maths is useful in everyday life
17. Maths is fun
Puzzles and games
A Collection of Puzzles
Colleen Young’s website concentrates on the 12 – 18 year olds but she has compiled a compendium of sites involving puzzles which all ages can try and tackle. Collection of puzzles websites. Naturally it is time consuming trying to assess each activity but why not assign the task to the pupils. Let them take ownership and give a presentation to rest of the class. Easy!
Exploring the Desert
Let us make 2022 a better year for all!