The Book of Life: A Sequence Study

The Book of Life brings life and festivities to the dead!

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we’d revisit an old favourite: The Book of Life. Bright, festive, and rich in Mexican culture and mythology, this movie speaks of death in a hopeful manner. It tells a tale about three young friends who grow up celebrating the tradition of November 2nd, otherwise known as the Day […]

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Solving the adult problem of math anxiety

Ugh. Numbers. Credit: Frank and Ernest

Math and I have never quite seen eye to eye. I got tired of trying to find his x when she had clearly moved on, and when it came to to calculating interest, I just said that it wasn’t my fault I was never as calculative as math was. If I had a dollar for […]

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Figuring Out The Joy of Numbers

Find the positive in the negative of numbers. Design via Wabbaly.com

Arithmophobia – the irrational fear of numbers. Let’s face it: math can be a nightmare to teach, and learn. Most students panic at the sight of numbers; their fear overwhelms them and causes a resistance towards understanding the question in front of them. Decades ago, we were taught to memorise facts as opposed to understanding them. While […]

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Number Lines and One Liners

The biggest math problem that Batman learns is that 1 is the loneliest number in the world, and family is everything!

“Black. All important movies start with a black screen. And music. Edgy, scary music that would make a parent or studio executive nervous. And logos, really long and dramatic logos…” Everything about the Lego Batman movie screams black and mathematics, from his impossible abs of 9, to the total amount of super villains he faces (we […]

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How to Build Inquisitive Minds

Stuck

Let’s face it, we all get stuck. Every now and then, we get overwhelmed when faced with problems that require our solutions. If Adam wants a third of Eve’s apple, how much would Eve have left? How fast does a bus that weighs 160kg have to travel to get up a hill that’s on a 60 degree […]

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