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Girls can progarm – why do they choose not to at Senior Secondary levels?

Faced with dropping student numbers I posted the following on a New Zealand DT teachers forum. We are experiencing a gradual decrease in the numbers of girls doing DT. The perception is that programming, in particular, is too hard, there is … Continue reading

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Pi to eat

          Seen at WEGC. I thought this was quite clever. It ran to about 40 decimal places.  

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Lamenting poor Maths skills at all Year levels

I asked Year 10 students to complete a simple introductory exercise in Scratch requiring them to draw their initials on a standard (x,y) grid (simple coordinate geometry). Quite a few struggled with this exercise – even when I provided them a … Continue reading

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Maths… fail

I gave my class a second test on variables. It involved some simple maths ie addition and subtraction with one simple division 36/3 = 12. Only 30% of the class got the correct answer. Quite a lot of the working … Continue reading

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How many hours and minutes in 512 minutes?

  ( I asked students to write down the steps involved in working out the answer to the above question. This is a exercise in developing an algorithm for a computer program. They were required (under duress) to use the … Continue reading

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Misconceptions

“Good teachers expose misconceptions they do not hide them” At Teachers Training College when learning how to teach Mathematics we spent considerable time on the identification and correction of misconceptions. Likewise learning pedagogical practices to teach mathematical concepts. What we learned … Continue reading

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Puzzling about thinking

  A core competency required by students is thinking. For abstract thinking and problem solving good cognitive skills are required. I have presented a range of problems for students to solve such as this word problem……… What does it say?   … Continue reading

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