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.
A really easy way to create engagement when introducing a new topic is to explain some of it’s applications outside of the maths classroom. For Trigonometry, I use an explanation of how I used trigonometry in a previous career to find the height of trees.
Starting a lesson on profit and loss with this story, quickly introduces some key concepts and we have a bit of fun.
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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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