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Secondary Magazine - Issue 31

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Created on 01 April 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 27 April 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Secondary Magazine Issue 31

Welcome to Issue 31 of the Secondary Magazine. It really doesn’t matter if you have eaten all those Easter eggs already because it is only your brain that needs to be in good form to digest this issue – you have the rest of the holiday to get fit.


From the editor - Euler
It is sometimes hard to trace the impact of the history of mathematics on our lives today. This is not the case with Leonhard Euler whose legacy touches the mathematical experiences of most secondary pupils. Find out how here.

Up2d8 maths
The fortnightly Up2d8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. Michael Jackson’s return has put The O2 venue on the map. With 10 sell-out concerts and 360 000 tickets sold, just how big is The O2 and can its size be put into context? This Up2d8 explores the facts and figures relating to The O2, examining the authentication of its self-publicised facts and trivia.

The interview - Adrian Oldknow
Adrian is well known for his innovative work using ICT in mathematics. This interview allows Adrian to share some other facets of his mathematical personality.
Focus on...negative numbers
Do your students have an image of negativity? Does this image help them to calculate with negative numbers? How did the use of negative numbers evolve in mathematics? These extracts could help to answer some of these questions.
An idea for the classroom - area and perimeter
Do your students really understand the concepts of perimeter and area?  Perhaps there are more of them than we realise who struggle with these fundamental concepts, so here is one way of lifting the fog from this old problem. Can you suggest some more?
5 things to do this fortnight
Getting ready for the spring? Is the April diary already filling up? There are some ideas here to help you plan ahead.
Diary of a subject leader
Real life issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader
As more and more schools are moving towards a ‘themed curriculum’ at Key Stage 3, what are the issues facing those of us who work in the Core Subjects and how should teachers of mathematics respond. Our Subject Leader wrestles with the pros and cons, and poses the question ‘will it really provide a sustainable way of ensuring more creative teaching and learning?’
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