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Football scores problem solution

The other day I posted this problem that one of my students discovered. We played around with it for a while and came up with this solution. I don't know if this is the easiest or most elegant solution, but it's what I have. Quick recap, we're trying to solve…

Football scores problem

As a maths teacher, one of my aims is to get students to think about the world mathematically. So there aren't many things more exciting than having a student come to me with a problem they noticed and are trying to solve themselves. Just for the fun of it. This…

Exam pressure

In theory last night's #OzMathsChat was about Inquiry Based Learning, but we got sidetracked pretty quickly. Oh well, I'm sure we'll come back to it sometime :) Someone mentioned the difficulty in using inquiry in Year 12 classes because of the pressure to get through everything before the exams. The conversation…

Discrete Probability Posters

At the start of this term, I said I was going to make more of an effort to make posters and decorations, particularly for the video conferencing room where I teach Year 12 Maths Methods. That hasn't really happened as much as I'd hoped. But seeing all the new year…

Unit Circle Spinner

While shopping the other day, I saw some of those decorative garden windmill things for sale at 50 cents each. Normally they would be the type of thing I would just walk past and ignore (not really one for gardening), but this time I had an light-bulb moment. So I…

Differentiation Posters

I've never been that good at posters. In my defence (and take this for the lame excuse it totally is), my school doesn't give teachers their own room. My year nine and ten classes are in a room that doesn't have any spare space on the walls, my IT Applications…

Blogging? Absolutely.

This blog is one month old! Woo hoo! I know that might not seem like much, but I have a bad habit of thinking of great ideas then not really sticking to them. This is something I really want to keep doing, because I can already see it making me…

Girls in maths

I've been trying to write this post for a while. I had a student ask me a question one day that's been troubling me ever since. I've put off writing about it until I could come up with an answer I'd be satisfied with, but as that hasn't happened yet,…

The calculus of glue-sticks

One of the VCE Maths Methods topics I don't think I've covered particularly well in the past has been the estimation of definite integrals using rectangles. By the time I get up to it, we've usually had so many interuptions during the first half of the year (this year is…

Half time score update

One of the features of my Maths Methods classes over the last few years has been the scoreboard, for a game that no-one is entirely sure of the rules for. Well, there are some rules: If I make a mistake on the board and they spot it before I correct…

Changes are coming

So if you've missed it (which is pretty likely unless you happen to be a Victorian maths teacher), a consultation period for the new VCE Mathematics study design has just begun. You can find info on any of the maths study pages on the VCAA website. They have a draft…

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Shaun used to be maths, IT and ocassional physics teacher at a small P-12 school (primary and secondary) in rural Victoria, Australia. He is currently in the process of starting his career again in the United States.

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