Putting the !!WOW!! factor Back into Maths
The biggest problem with the teaching of mathematics today is that it is boring boring boring. If you look at any maths book available for school children, the overwhelming thought would be dreary, dull, repetitious, and well just plain hardwork. Compounded with this, is the problem that most of the population will tell you, they hated maths at school.
Maths has a definite image problem
In this book you will find a lot of the 'good' bits, the 'funny bits, the 'amazing' bits of maths, not all of them of course, I need to leave something for you to discover for yourself. The internet is a
gr r r r reat place to start discovering.
As with reading there are fundamental building blocks for mathematics which you need to learn before you can get onto the really interesting stuff. Things like counting, addition, and multiplication facts. But even these are really more interesting than phonics for heavens sake.
Pythagoras (565-545BC) would have been over the moon to have had the knowledge that any average primary school child has today. In the BC days, maths was like the internet of today, there were wizards, magicians, and the truly gifted and talented. There was a great buzz and excitement over new discoveries. People meet to discuss their latest maths ideas, and in fact this is still happening. But the sense of discovery, the fun and excitement of mathematics has gone from the early learning years of mathematics.
This book puts it back
There are instructions for wizards and magicians, and challenges for the truly gifted mathematicians, there is the '!WOW!' I didn't know that' factor (for teachers and parents as well as children), and lots of jokes.
But most of all the book provides alternative strategies for learning tables which eliminates 'table stress' for everyone.
Maths is Cool!!
P.S. Hidden through out the book are links to sounds and websites, they’re everywhere see if you can find them all.
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A quirky and student friendly approach to something that can be really dry.
Loved the HitchHiker's Guide references.
The kids loved the jokes.
It is so great to get something that is different to work with especially for my reluctant students.