Archive for September, 2008

Lattice multiplication

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Download a sheet of lattice multiplication blanks. Lattice or Gelosia multiplication has gone down very well this year with Access Maths students. The blanks save a bit of drawing in the sessions.

I’ve noticed that the YouTube above and some of the step by step explanations of lattice multiplication handle the carries in a slightly different [...]

BODMAS quick quiz

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Download a PDF of a BODMAS quick quiz. Print it out and use in the first ten minutes of the lesson to test how much was absorbed in the last lesson!

The reverse questions help understanding I find. Adult students want to know the reasoning behind the methods.

An experiment: battery memory

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Read current literature, make conjecture, devise experiment, test, process results, present.

Of All The People In All The World

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

A touring exhibition by Stan’s Cafe is a gift to Maths teachers. Statistics suggested by viewers, people represented by rice grains.

Science, but not as we know it

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

A group of them were building Excel spreadsheets into which they’d dump all the information they’d gathered about how each boss behaved: What potions affected it, what attacks it would use, with what damage, and when. Then they’d develop a mathematical model to explain how the boss worked—and to predict how to beat it.

From How [...]

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Using illustrations to convey concepts can save time and can support students who have a visual orientation. Drawing a visual representation of a set of ideas or a process forces you to think in a different way compared with linear text. A project run by several Universities in Europe has resulted in the Web [...]