04 December 2018
In the latest edition of our Secondary Magazine, we ask how you look for inspiration for the classroom, and we hear from a teacher who loves the ideas and support that judicious use of Twitter can provide. And for those teaching mechanics for the first time this year - without turning to Twitter - another teacher shares his inspired ideas for introducing the constant acceleration equations.
In the first article Kathryn Darwin shares the pleasure of her Twitter ‘virtual staffroom’ by starting a thought-provoking discussion about where to begin teaching surds.
Also in this issue, A level teacher Mark Dawes offers some insights and imaginative ideas for teaching the constant acceleration equations. How can you derive them from GCSE knowledge of velocity-time graphs? How can you use them in a practical experiment involving a crazy swan-dive?
And here are some other things for your attention:
NCETM and Maths Hubs news
- A chance to understand what we can learn from Shanghai maths teachers! Early next year, secondary schools are involved in the England-China Exchange (14–25 January 2019) with eight schools across the country opening their doors to hundreds of local teachers who want to see teaching for mastery in action.
- We’ve produced a new poster to help teachers understand the range of professional development options, run by Maths Hubs and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP), available to anyone teaching maths beyond GCSE.
- What is it like to be in a Maths Hub Work Group? Find out from a new NCETM podcast.
- Have you read NCETM Director Charlie Stripp’s latest blog? In it he suggests that all students should be encouraged to have a go at maths competitions.
- We’ve added an extra date for the conference for ITE tutors on teaching for mastery approaches in secondary schools: more places in London (28 January), and now also in Birmingham (25 February). Find out more.
- The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM)/Mathematical Association (MA) joint annual conference (15-18 April 2019) is taking bookings. A number of bursaries are being offered through the ATM.
- The DfE has published a list of institutions selected to become FE Centres for Excellence to improve basic maths for post-16 learners. Where’s your nearest?
- The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is again offering Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships (worth £22,000), for those starting their secondary teacher training in 2019/20.
- For those applying for an undergraduate degree considering teaching as a career afterwards, it may be worth considering the Future Teaching Scholars Programme, offering £15,000 of support during undergraduate years.
These eight secondary schools will be hosting the 2018/19 Shanghai Showcase lessons. Click the school nearest to you to find out more and register your interest:
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