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Secondary Magazine - Issue 22

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Created on 06 November 2008 by ncetm_administrator
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Secondary Magazine Issue 22

Welcome to Issue 22 of the Secondary Magazine. We hope everyone is refreshed after the half-term break. It’s hard to accept that Christmas is on the horizon so we will all be glad to have some real mathematical meat to take our minds off it!  We hope the new format continues to be popular, and thank you for all your positive comments.


From the editor - Public perceptions of mathematics
What is mathematics? This seems a surprising question to pose within a community of mathematicians, but do you ever feel frustrated by the image the wider world has of our specialism? Perhaps we should be asking the question of those we teach and, dare we say it, ourselves too!

Up2d8 maths
The fortnightly UP2D8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. The credit crunch and its implications for savers have been in the news almost constantly so this UP2D8 Maths urges pupils to think about ‘Beating the credit crunch’ and asks:

‘If you were able to sell your house for the average price from the start of 2004 and were able to invest in either gold bars, LloydsTSB shares or Tesco shares, what’s the most money you could now have?’

Pupils are encouraged to use the benefits of hindsight to see how a fortune could have been made, accessing the Key Processes and Range and Content objectives from the mathematics Programme of Study.

The interview - John Mason
Many of us will know of John Mason, either through his books or through his published articles. Those of us lucky enough to have met him or heard him speak are inspired by his clear thinking and original ideas. Here he answers our questions.
Focus on - probability
‘Focus on…’ aims to give us a taster of various mathematical topics, looking at history and application. This issue looks at Probability. We notice that so much early thinking took place in France so we were tempted to give you the story in French, but then would you all be able to read it fluently? Probably not!
An idea for the classroom - best value
Our new Key Stage 3 Programme of Study throws up all sorts of new challenges for us and our learners. Here are two really good ways of investigating best value. Our politicians and commentators are very fond of this phrase, so can our young people put them right with our help?
5 things to do
A good way to stay ‘ahead of the game’ is to keep in touch with our ‘5 things to do’ which draw your attention to some topical tasks to further your professional life and stay stress free. This edition continues to keep us up to date, but don’t forget the last one.
Diary of a subject leader
Real issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader  
Many of you have spent the last half term poring over your first GCSE results under the new two-tier entry system. For some of us it was an adjustment which made us consider our C/D borderline pupils in a different way. In this issue, our Team Leader considers the challenges we now face without the Intermediate Tier.
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30 March 2009 15:39
The secondary magazine is a really useful resource - anything you particularly like sybilioe?
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30 March 2009 14:42
hello this m is greta
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