A blog about teaching and learning in a maths classroom.
Playing with the kids’ toys on the weekend, I came across this car and became interested by the relationship between pulling it back and how far it would travel.
Was it a linear relationship or something else?
Last term I had Year 9 review and learn index notation and the index laws through some self-directed activities.
Having made a Tables Spider this other day, I realised that I made myself a template for creating all sorts of “spiders”.
For Australian teachers with access to objects from The Le@rning Federation, the resource Bridge Builder is a nice way to deal with geometric patterns and finding the algebraic rule.
Starting Algebra with Year 8, we spend a couple of lessons on various “algebraic techniques”. I’ve been trying to find some activities which provide a little more engagement. I created “The Land of Algerb“ to explain multiplying pronumerals.
As I mentioned, the DER roll-out hit my classroom as we were in the midst of Algebra. Due to a tight program and exams shortly, I had to stick with a couple of topics which don’t really allow for “play” on the laptops as much as I would have liked.
A lot of the Algebra taught at the Stage 4 level is technique, and so matching activities work particularly well to practise and review skills.
Here’s a review of some of the ways I’ve found to make matching activities for use on the laptops.
A Digital Education Revolution (DER) laptop in the hands of all Year 9 students changes everything… or does it?
Year 8 were recently assessed on solving equations and I was a little perplexed by the results.
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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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