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My Math – the Stats

December16

I am finally retiring – or at least trying to. Here are my stats: 46 years teaching 10 different schools Teaching in 3 different countries 2 Head of Faculty positions 2 attempts to retire 1 school leadership position 1 textbook and 1 novel 1 wife and 3 children So, you might ask, what happens to […]

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Secrets to Top Math Scores in Victoria, Australia

December14

“You have to have talent, and you have to be willing to work hard!” This sums up the high scores achieved recently by students in their state-wide math exams. A recent article highlights the underlying secret to high scores in senior school Mathematics, in the southern state of Victoria, Australia: “In Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Vermont […]

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Academy ups the Math prerequesite in Oz universities

March17

All year 12 students should be made to study intermediate mathematics if they want to enrol in a science, engineering or commerce degree at university, according to a national report by the Australian Academy of Science (AAS). “This is an absolutely critical issue. We’ve hit a pretty low point,”  said the director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute […]

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New Tools to Explain old Newton Equations

May5

One of history’s great geniuses, Isaac Newton (yes, the mathematician with the curly hair sitting under the apple tree), developed differential equations in the 1600s. But we aren’t all geniuses, so here’s the definition given in Differential Equations for Dummies (caution – this link downloads over 300 pages!) such equations “involve derivatives, which specify how […]

Math is an art and a language for everyday life!

February25

Students and community members gathered Saturday at Grand Valley State University to attend presentations during the annual Math in Action Conference. Charlene Beckmann, a mathematics professor at GVSU, has been the co-chair for the conference since 2007. Beckmann said the university continues to host the event every year because it provides an opportunity for both […]

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Kid struggles with math yet wins prestigious award!

February4

Michael Wallus didn’t take a direct path to winning a presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. “I was not the kid who was good at math,” Wallus, an elementary math coordinator for Minneapolis Public Schools said after his award was announced last week.  “Fractions rolled around and it didn’t make sense to me.” He […]

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Tradition for Addition…

March2

Yes, dear young mathematician, you need to heed Dr Vaughan Jones. He is a Fields Medal winner (like winning a Nobel Peace prize) in Mathematics. He is also a very practical person who has an interest in seeing young people succeed in their math. This article reinforces the need to learn the basics and learn […]

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We all make mistaks

March29

Did you hear about the maths teacher who showed her class how to find the length of the circumference – emphasising the fact that you use 2 x pi x radius to equal (e.g.) metres for feet. She then did a circumference problem for the class, using the wrong formula – instead using the area […]

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