Mathspig is a Media Savvy maths blog. It is Mathspig’s objective to stick a snout in the media trough and sniff out the maths rubbish and to make maths fun.
Writing this blog led Kerry to an epiphany. Kerry had studied maths and taught maths for 10 years, but coming back to maths after a 25-year break she suddenly realised she’d been duped. She never solved a maths problem that gave her an answer she wanted to know. She wanted to get the answer right. But it had no meaning. You just move onto the next problem.
So Mathspig has evolved into a blog that creates realistic problems for students to solve such as ‘Can you duck a bullet?’ Mathspig uses basic but elegant maths to make the problems accessible to all.
This is her newspaper experience at work. If you ask the right question students will want to know the answer but they have to work it out for themselves.