Hi and Welcome Back to School
. This is an on-line, self
paced, experiment where you can leave class when you want, and
likewise, attend. No uniform, no bells, no grumpy
teachers, no yucky packed lunches. What could be better?
If you have a specific query or problem you can not figure you
could always email firstname.lastname@example.org
and that might work. Draw the problem and email it and I might
be able to help you.
Learning to do your
own math calculations and solve your own problems is
a whole lot more enjoyable so come to Back to School
and do some learning.
$No Charge for this section, nor the next.
Section 1 Check Point Charlie
note...Check Point Charlie was the famous crossing between
West and East Berlin called the Brandenburg gate. People
died there. I never thought I would see The Berlin Wall
come down. It did. Roger waters sang about it... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wall
Check Point Charlie is the place to take a critical
look at your numeracy ability and share it with me. There
are three parts to being numerate, (a) having mathematics
knowledge, (b) having mathematical
strategies that use that knowledge and (c) having
the confidence, the "I can" to put it all together.
Persevering is the best ever competency!
So... download the following three files and give yourself
a quiet place, 20 minutes maximum, no calculator, just a
pencil and bit of working out paper, and try to answer the
questions recording your answer on the sheet.
File One -
The questions for strategy or how you solve problems
File Two -
The knowledge you have and use.
Three - Where you write your answers
This test was
developed during our NZ Numeracy Programme and I use
it, and other tests, to measure and monitor the
progression of a student, a class or group of
students, a cohort of a Year Level or a school. It
works with any age. It is cheap, fast and pretty
accurate, overtime with regular checkups becomes very
Remember - NO CALCULATOR - you
have to do the thinking using your current knowledge and
strategies. So off you go and do it. Then come back and
read on... I trust you, you trust you...
A couple of Mantra's
more maths you know know the more maths you will use.
good, because it is building your brain connections.
cool, you learn most from these.
above the best competency.
say "I can do maths!" Reason - it will kill math
OK. You have done the test and now you can mark it. Click here.
Special WEBSITE to explore as well
on this website later.
Marking File Four
- Download after being truthful with your self and
compare your answers with the ones written here.
You need to analyse your answers.
Did you get most of the Strategy Questions right? That
means more than half.
2. Did you
get 2 or more of the Knowledge Questions right?
Now use this flow chart to decide if you are one of A or
B or C.
Both right - you probably do not need to do this
course, but have specific questions about maths that
you would like help with.
B. One right
but not the other - You have some good stuff going on
but just need some curious problems to ponder, some
new knowledge perhaps and all will be well.
right - You have some misunderstandings or an
incomplete idea of things like place value and
multiplying. These two concepts underpin progress in
maths but can be learned.
So what happens now? GO Here - Place Value Check UP
or you you can try
this test. (not done yet!)
always that anyone can learn anything if you put
your mind to it.