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ERIC Number: EJ794001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Number Crunching: A Sheep's Tale
Sam, Chris Lam
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v10 n1 p27-32 2005
In this article, the author talks about an allegorical tale which he has written as a message for teachers of mathematics. The story is about Gordon, who led a flock of small sheep. Gordon was a mathematics genius; however, his flock criticized his teaching of numbers and his boring lectures. His furry-god-farmer advised him to share his mathematics in a way that the other sheep will like--to teach them in ways they wouldl find practical and fun. There is no point in sharing the old theories if they use words and ideas that today's sheep will find irrelevant. This story was written to convey irrelevancy, the most significant characteristic of the author's relationship with mathematics during his primary and secondary education. The majority of his early teachers were like Gordon, failing most of the time to make him happy about what he was doing, but getting him to a narrow pass mark at the least. The author hopes to find new and interesting ways to share mathematics with children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A