Category: Puzzle Place

Teenagers’ Dread: The final of all finals

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville

 

When I was in school I used to dread final exams.  Why did my grade rest so heavily upon my performance on one day?  I remember my Statics course at UTK where the mid-term accounted for 40% of the grade, and the final for 60%!

The final exam is intended to determine if the student has digested the material for the entire course – a cumulative exam covers concepts from the very first day of the class.  But what if there was a final exam for everything the student has learned since beginning school?  Oh, wait.  I can think of two: the SAT and the ACT.  Yes, these college entrance exams cover material that the student likely hasn’t seen or worked on for years! Read more →

Magic Tens

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville

 

Memorizing math facts can be quite an arduous process, and exceedingly few students actually like it.  Beyond that, what’s the value of memorizing a ton of math facts?  The student typically memorizes these facts for the moment, but then they quickly fade away.  Then if you ask “seven plus what number is 13?” and he doesn’t remember that fact at the moment, out come the fingers to count it up. Read more →

The gift of creativity…

Don’t do math – just do life

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville

 

Math can be intimidating, but it won’t be, if we realize that it’s just a way of describing what we do in life.

The key to story-problems (some call them word problems) is to make it real to the child.  If he thinks it is a math problem, he’ll be stumped.  If he is simply figuring out what he needs in his own life, he can figure it out.  In other words, make the math about what he is interested in, and you’ll find that math just isn’t that tough! Read more →

November Puzzle Place

 By West Knoxville Mathnasium

Click on the puzzle below to download your own copy! Read more →

October Puzzle Place

 By West Knoxville Mathnasium

Click on the puzzle below to download your own copy! Read more →

September Puzzle Place

 By West Knoxville Mathnasium

Click on the puzzle below to download your own copy! Read more →