Real-life money

I spend too much time reminding my students that the currencies they work with (pounds, euros, dollars etc.) must be written to two decimal places or the nearest whole number (depending on whether the major or minor unit is being used) with the correct unit.  It is incredibly common for students to just write a […]

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Character Counting

A little while ago one of my students told me an interesting fact: he claimed that four is the only number where the number of letters in its name is equal to the number itself.  This then clearly sparked something in one of my other students as the following lesson she disputed this fact, and […]

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Equation building

When I meet people for the first time and they discover that I am a maths teacher/author I usually receive one of two reactions: ‘I hated maths at school and was never any good at it!’ or ‘I loved maths’. It is rare to find anyone in between these two extremes. Of those that hated […]

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