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What can you do with this? category inspired by Dan Meyer.

Kitchen Scale

Monday, 28 January 2013 ·

I put up my first image on Dan Meyer’s 101 Questions yesterday, Kitchen Scale. Wander over there.

What’s the first question that comes to your mind?

It does the Math™

Thursday, 27 December 2012 ·

Back in 2010, putting a piece of wall in our kitchen to attach a child gate to, a problem arose about evenly spacing screws.

Double Strength Cordial and Ratio

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 ·

When introducing the topic of ‘ratio’, I use the mixing of cordial as an illustration that most kids get.
The idea of using 1 part of cordial to 4 parts of water makes sense to them – and they get the idea of equivalence when you mix the cordial in a different sized container (I use the examples of using cups to fill a bottle for a picnic, and using buckets to mix a big batch for a party).

Follow-up to WCYDWT: Spacing Evenly

Saturday, 18 September 2010 ·

I showed WCYDWT: Spacing Evenly to some of my classes this week. A couple of reflections…

WCYDWT: Spacing Evenly

Sunday, 12 September 2010 ·

A real-life version of this problem presented itself today.

Question 20. Find the least number of cuts needed to cut a log into 5 equal pieces.

(Source: Elementary Math Mastery, Rhonda Farkota)

Are you water wise?

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 ·

In recent years, Sydney Water has been encouraging households to save water.  “With limited and highly variable rainfall in the catchments, the community can no longer rely on water from the dams.”  source

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

Friday, 14 May 2010 ·

I think this is essential viewing for Mathematics teachers.  I’ve been waiting for a meeting with my faculty to show them, which I got to do on Thursday.

Dan Meyer blogs at dy/dan, which you are already reading as a maths teacher… right?

Heat Sinks - Surface Area

Monday, 16 November 2009 ·

I’m about to get into Surface Area with Year 8.  Of course, there will be chocolate.  But, since I last looked at Surface Area with Year 9 I’ve been thinking about Heat Sinks.

Surface Area and Chocolate

Sunday, 16 August 2009 ·

An excuse to use chocolate in a maths lesson…

Perimeter of curved shapes

Saturday, 08 August 2009 ·

This week, Year 9 were looking at finding the perimeter of shapes that include curves (parts of a circle).

The Perfect Tree

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 ·

I was preparing for part of a presentation to the staff at my school tomorrow, highlighting the importance of numeracy being included in all subject areas.

Bearing and airports

Thursday, 05 March 2009 ·

As part of a unit on Trigonometry, we review compass and true bearings before working with bearings in Trigonometry problems.
To start this review lesson, we looked at some images from Google Earth.

The Big Picture

Saturday, 21 February 2009 ·

If you don’t have The Big Picture from boston.com in your RSS feeds, it’s time to add it.  Alan Taylor regularly collects some fascinating photos together.  This edition, At work.

T-shirt box

Saturday, 07 February 2009 ·

Keep an eye out when shopping, a great maths teaching aid could be staring you in the face.

Theatrical Aspect Ratio

Thursday, 15 January 2009 ·

Recently Dan Meyer posted his thoughts on the ideal maths textbook, which would actually be a digital archive of very interesting mathematical media.  This is a great idea, and whilst I don’t have a projector in my classroom yet (although fingers-crossed), it would be something that I would buy/subscribe to.  Anyway, there was a challenge in this for me: being mindful of the media I consume and the world around me to collect digital bits and pieces that might help explain a mathematical concept (I commented on Dan’s blog that I missed the opportunity to take a picture of 3m³ of dirt I had delivered).  The second, to my mind harder, challenge is to take that item and make a meaningful and engaging connection with a concept being taught in class.