• Vlog Ep #10: Involving Parents in Their Children’s Math Education

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    How do you find the parents of your students? Are they helping their children to learn, or are they more of a hindrance? Some parents can be incredibly difficult to cope with, of course. And sometimes an assertive manner and explaining the boundaries between their opinions and your professional work is called for.

  • Vlog Ep #09: Fake Math and Pseudocontexts

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    What are pseudocontexts, and should K-6 math teachers be concerned about them? I came across the term in Dan Meyer's excellent blog, in which he explores better ways of engaging students in learning math, and calls out "fake math" and poor teaching.

  • Vlog Ep #08: Teaching Math Unshackled from Standards and Curriculum Documents

    Are you getting a little tired of other people interfering in how you teach in your classroom? I see around the world teachers being put under greater and greater pressure to perform, as if they were mere employees or servants of the state. And I'm over it!

  • Vlog Ep #07: How to Use Technology to Teach K-6 Math

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    Do you use technology as much as you'd like to help your K-6 students understand math? How do students respond to tech? Would they actually prefer old school resources? Have you started using Snapchat yet? Would you like daily K-6 math videos to start conversations? Follow me: petes_classroom

  • Vlog Ep #06: Look Around You for Real Life Contexts for K-6 Math

      In the busyness of classroom teaching, do you find math lessons becoming a bit stale? Are textbook lessons getting you and your students down a bit? I believe that students crave interesting, relevant lessons, especially in math. How can we provide such lessons?   It’s a simple idea: find real math going on in […]

  • Vlog Ep #05: Kids Figure Stuff Out (And What That Means For Math Education)

    Have you ever felt like banging your head on the wall when trying to get kids to learn something? Do you feel you're not up to the task of "getting through to these kids" and making them learn something?

  • Vlog Ep #04: Math-Anxious Parents Produce Anxious Kids Who Know Less Math (research report)

    Do you wonder about the wisdom of sending math homework home? Have you ever had a sneaky suspicion that parents may actually not be helping their kids learn math?

  • The Most Challenging K-6 Math Topic (Survey Results)

    Teachers recently told us, of all the K-6 math topics in the curriculum, which one they would most like help with. Care to guess which topic came to the top of the list? Most Challenging K-6 Math Topic The “winner”: Place value. Close behind? Operations, followed by Number facts. Since these three broad topics form […]

  • Teach Times Tables Without Apologies

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    From today onward, I will not apologize for expecting students to memorize the times tables. And nor should you.

  • Math in the News: Better Ways to Teach Math to Aboriginal Students

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    Indigenous students in Australia typically lag two years behind other kids in math. How can teachers connect indigenous kids with classroom math? A new approach proposed by Dr Chris Matthews incorporates story telling and dance as ways to connect students' interests and culture with math.

  • Math in the News: Is Rote Learning the Secret Behind Chinese Mathematics Success?

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    Rote learning of math was abandoned in western nations as early as the 1960s. So why is the UK government spending £41m to train teachers in 8000 English primary schools in so-called "mastery maths", based on the approach in Shanghai, China? More importantly, is rote learning somehow the "missing ingredient" in English kids' learning of maths?

  • K-6 Math in the News: Censuses, Counting People and Math

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    The recent national census really caught the attention of the Australian populace, mostly for all the wrong reasons. The official website couldn't cope with the traffic to the site on "census night", which was entirely predictable, and at the same time it was subjected to several "Denial of Service" (DOS) attacks. But apart from that, what can we teach children about censuses? Here are a few ideas:

  • K-6 Math in the News: Schools Failing to Recognize Kids Who Don’t Fit In?

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    Are there kids in your class that you just don't "get"? Do you teach students who you feel will never amount to much? The video that prompted this week's blog is an interview between Larry King and Gary Vaynerchuk. Chances are, you're not much like Gary Vee. And nor am I. If you're like most teachers, you were good at school, you were good at following the rules, and you worked hard to figure out the educational system and succeeded at it. The system is designed to reward such behaviour, with academic awards, good grades and ultimately a pathway to a good job.

  • K-6 Math in the News: Supermarket Math Fails

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    Do your students believe that math is irrelevant to their lives? Sadly, all too many of them do, especially as they reach high school. The article I discuss this week lists 10 occasions in which major Australian supermarkets got the mathematics behind their special offers totally wrong. Sometimes the “offer” was worse than the standard […]

  • K-6 Math in the News: Pokémon Go and Math for Kids

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    How can a teacher use Pokémon Go to inspire her students to study hard in math? Surprisingly enough, the viral hit Pokémon Go which broke records at Apple's iTunes store has multiple possible uses in the regular K-6 classroom. Watch the video for much more!

  • K-6 Math in the News: Everyone CAN Succeed at Maths

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    What do your students believe about their abilities in mathematics? Do they say "I can do this", or "I'll never get this"? We discuss a TES article which focuses on the message that "Everyone Can" succeed at math, urging teachers and students to believe in the students' success. What do you think? Is simply being positive about students' abilities and capabilities really going to make a difference to the results that they achieve? And are some people simply born "with a maths brain" and others not?

  • K-6 Math in the News: Facebook Flower Math Puzzle

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    Have you seen this math puzzle? Do you know what the correct answer is? Original article link: Can You Work Out This Mind-bending Flower Puzzle? – News.com Australia, 17th June 2016 If you teach math, like me, your friends probably sent you this math puzzle, thinking you’d like it “because you’re a teacher”. As a […]

  • Sixth-Graders Learn Business Skills in Mathematics Class

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    Another applied maths idea for older primary students: let them run a mock business and learn firsthand basic ideas about working together and how to create a viable business. I grew up without any “business sense” – this would have been very useful as part of my education. Watch the video here: Hellgate 6th graders […]

  • Teaching a Great Math Lesson Part 1: Capture Students’ Attention!

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    Starting a mathematics lesson is possibly the most important part, and yet it is often given little thought, and falls into the "Who can tell me what we did yesterday?" pattern. Reinvigorate your math teaching with a creative, attention-grabbing start!

  • Welcome to Professor Pete’s Classroom

    Video welcome to Classroom Professor from Dr Peter Price