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Students discover that fire fighters need middle-school math. Students complete some warm-up exercises involving unit conversions (mph to ft/sec or kph to m/sec) without and with a calculator and then they simplify algebraic expressions and solve
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Killer Heels vs Trainer No Brainer Grade 7 and Grade 8 students complete some warm-up exercises involving measuring, converting units and drawing to scale. Then they use this math to measure real high heels and sneakers. Students use shoe charts
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Faster than a speeding chicken! Year 6, 7 and 8 students complete some warm-up exercises involving real people and real problems such as BPM (beats per minute) and FPM (Acrobatic flips per minute)and then use this math to test an Urban Myth about
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Oops! I got the wobblies! Year 6,7 and 8 students complete some warm-up exercises calculating mean, median and mode for real results of a real watermelon seed spitting competition with real people. They then use this math to test an Urban Myth
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The Angle of Death This exercise takes Grade 7 and Grade 8 geometry into their world. Students complete some warm-up exercises involving supplementary and complementary angles and right angle triangles and then they use this math to measure angles
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You can't run:You can't hide! Grade 6 and 7 students complete some warm-up exercises and then involving area calculations, direct proportion and basic algebra. They they use this math to calculate the pressure created by the heels of various shoes.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Kerry Cue is a humorist, mathematician, journalist and author. She studied Science/Engineering at Melbourne University, taught math for 10 diabolical years then turned her hand to writing for newspapers, TV and radio. She’s written 20 humorous books and now she is the popular maths blogger, Mathspig, with over 900,000 hits. https://mathspig.wordpress.com/

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After studying math at university for 5 years, then teaching for 10 years, I made a big discovery. I never wanted to know the answer to any problem. I simply wanted to get the answer right and move on. I taught in some tough high schools. On my first day at one school a student threw a bike off a roof. Now I understand their rage. Only a small % of students love math for the challenge. It's like Latin, a dead language, to the rest. So I started my math blog MATHSPIG to show teachers and principals that math could be REAL, RELEVANT and FUN. I concentrate on the TOUGH YEARS: Middle School. Math teachers don't have time to be creative. So I'm producing the WORKSHEETS that I would have wanted for my challenging classes. So here are the worksheets that motivate students, even difficult students, to DO THE MATH.

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