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Secondary Magazine - Issue 14: An idea for the classroom


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Created on 07 July 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 14 July 2008 by ncetm_administrator

Secondary Magazine

 
Welcome to issue 14 of the NCETM Secondary Magazine. Fortnightly features include: The Interview, Around the regions, An idea for the classroom, 5 things to do, The Diary and Focus on. This issue, 'An idea for the classroom' features the question: Can you do mathematics?
 
An Idea for the Classroom
Can you do mathematics?

Mathematics has had a lot of media exposure recently. The publication of the Williams Review into Primary Mathematics has recommended several initiatives to boost the mathematical achievement of pupils. On 17 June, the BBC reported that:

There is to be a renewed emphasis on mental mathematics in England's primary schools, with 13,000 maths specialists to spearhead better teaching.”

Have a look at the video clip ‘Can you do maths?’ which was produced as part of James Westhead’s investigation into adults’ ability to handle mental mathematics. A cross section of adults are asked if they can work out 20% of 200. There are some notable failures, some people who are trying to use strategies, and some people who just know the correct answer.

Image of '20% of £2' from BBC Website
(image from BBC page)

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7457814.stm

Could you use this in your classroom?

You could show this clip to a group of Year 7/8 students – I’m thinking about those students who do have some strategies for this sort of calculation but are not confident with their own ability. Ask some questions like these:

  • Who is right?
  • What strategies were people trying to remember?
  • Could you help the adults who can’t do this calculation? It’s not very helpful to just tell them the answer!
  • Can you make up some similar calculations and provide their answers?
  • Could you make a similar video in your school or your home using a calculation you have made up?

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Homepage, The Interview, Around the regions, 5 things to do, The Diary, Focus on

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Self-evaluation, Why do we teach mathematics?, Learning mathematics in my school, Pathways and options at KS3 to KS5, Mathematical Vocabulary, Revision, Group Work, C/D Borderline, Planning teaching and learning, Technology for learning

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The Diary - real issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader

 

End of Key Stage National Tests

 

5 things to do

 

The Interview - James Wenger

 

Around the regions - news, views and updates from the NCETM Regional Coordinators

 

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