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# Secondary Magazine - Issue 33

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Created on 29 April 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 11 May 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Welcome to Issue 33 of the Secondary Magazine. This is that critical time of year for your Year 11 students. As you prepare those last-minute revision sessions and prepare to say farewell to another group of pupils, we hope this issue will give you some wider mathematical ideas to consider.

# Contents

From the editor
Have you had some good Continuing Professional Development recently? What did it look like? What is the best form of CPD for you? This article talks about CPD in the light of experiencing some recent practice in the USA.

Up2d8 maths
The fortnightly Up2d8 maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. This season’s Formula One has already thrown up some surprises with the emergence of Jenson Button after Lewis Hamilton’s successes last year. Here is a chance for students to use a mathematical model to find the optimum race strategy to outwit their opponents.

The interview - Anne Watson

Focus on...division
The division sign that we use is called an obelus, which comes from the Greek word for a sharpened stick. This article includes some more information on the division sign and a fascinating test for divisibility by 7, among other facts.

An idea for the classroom - perimeter
Do your pupils have difficulty finding perimeters? I used to think it was just the label that was the obstacle but having talked to small groups of pupils I think it is the concept, so here is an idea to focus pupils’ attention on the concept of perimeter.

5 things to do this fortnight
Are you looking forward to the Eurovision Song Contest? Will the voting be fair this year?  Or perhaps your mind is on things more mathematical? Here are some topical ideas for May.

Real life issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader
How do you involve parents and carers in mathematics as pupils move into secondary school? In this issue, our subject leader talks about running a parents’ mathematics workshop.

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