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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…

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…

Not much to say here. I made a poster featuring the unit circle. Here's a picture: Here's some download links: PDF: circular functions.pdf Publisher: circular functions.pub Come to think of it, I made a poster about Exponents and Logarithms a while back which I never shared. So, here's…

So Year 12 are gone and finished their exams a few weeks ago. I always feel a little sad saying goodbye to my Maths Methods students. I have so much fun with them and get to know them pretty well over the year, and this year was no exception. One…

Spring holidays continue to roll on. When you live in a town as small as mine you don't get many opportunities to get shopping done, so today involved driving an hour and a bit away to do that. I've already mentioned that some of my shopping habits can be a…

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…

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…

If you read different teaching blogs, you will find thousands of brilliant ideas that have taken a lot of creativity, effort and planning to create. This is not one of those. This was an idea I had during lunch, literally less than half an hour before the lesson started. And…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

This is just an idea I had tonight while on camp with Year 7 and 8. It doesn't relate to anything thing I'm doing in class at the moment, but I wanted to get it written down somewhere before I forgot. So we went ten pin bowling tonight, and I…

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…

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…

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…

Today my VCE Unit 3/4 Maths Methods class was preparing for the test we have tomorrow, but we became distracted for a while. At the time I was disappointed in myself for letting that happen, but reflecting on it now, I'm actually pretty excited about it. Let me explain.…

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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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My journey from Australia to the United States:

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