Throwing around words like “impossible”, “likely”, “definite”, “unlikely”, “certain”, and “possible” has made everyone think about how we often over exaggerate during our conversations. Ideas such as “It is impossible for me to get a new car today.” Well… is it impossible? 

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No. However, it is extremely unlikely that this would happen. Is it impossible for me to grow wings and fly over the river - Yes.

Room 1 conversations have been intense and the reasoning between students has been both interesting and thought provoking. Learning discussions are helping students to become better at understanding the language and how to use chance vocabulary more accurately.

The next learning step was looking at how fractions connect to probability. 

What are the chances of pulling a particular shape out of a bag when we know the total number of shapes? 

Can we work out the fraction of the chance of a certain shape coming out?

Keywords: Mathematics, probability, chance, impossible, possible, unlikely, likely, may, may not, certain, definite, maybe, teamwork, cooperation, learning discussions.

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Carla Ross

I am passionate about our students, teaching and learning, particularly in the areas of literacy, digital technology, physical education, and the Arts. I believe that forming positive relationships with students and whānau are at the heart of success for everyone.

I enjoy Wairakei Primary School for the whānaungatanga and maanaakitanga where close connections between staff, students, and the wider Wairakei community are fostered and enjoyed.

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