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Secondary Magazine - Issue 37: 5 things to do

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Secondary Magazine Issue 37origami paper star

5 things to do this fortnight

How are your IT skills? At the Annual TSM (Technology for Secondary Mathematics) Workshop for teachers you’ll get three days of hands-on practice in Mathematics ICT. The event takes place from 14 - 16 July at Oundle School near Peterborough, and features workshops led by national and international speakers. 

The 9th Annual Institute of Mathematics Pedagogy runs from the 28 - 31 July at Ripon-Cuddesdon College in Oxfordshire. The theme for this event is Explanation & Proof as Mathematical Story Telling and will address questions such as:

  • How do we go about producing explanations and proofs?
  • How much do we recall and how much do we re-construct?
  • What is the difference between an explanatory story and a convincing story?
  • How can we help children to become 'story-tellers'?
  • What pedagogical support do they need?

The Institute will be led by John Mason, Malcolm Swan and Anne Watson and will consist of workshops, seminars, readings, reflections and discussions about teaching and learning mathematics.

Why not set the tone for maths lessons next year at the 2009 British Science Festival which begins early next term at the University of Surrey
The programme includes Exploring Mathematics with Origami, an active workshop in which participants learn mathematical ideas through the creative medium of origami, in particular symmetry, proportion, geometry and trigonometry.
There are also a number of events organised by the Mathematical Sciences Section:

  • The Magic of Computer Science, with Peter McOwan (5 September)
  • Mathematics and Meltdown: How Financial Systems Collapse (5 September)
  • From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes (6 September)
  • Why do journalists love stupid equations? with Simon Singh (6 September)
  • Chaos in Climate: An Inconvenient Truth? with Ian Roulstone and Lucia Elghali (8 September)
  • Fly Me to the Moon, with Mark Roberts and Phil Palmer (10 September) 

What are your department priorities for next year? Are you going to be working on assessment and APP? Read and get involved with the discussion that’s happening in the Secondary Forum.

Feel like celebrating the end of term? Why not get along to the Great British Beer Festival at Earl’s Court from 4 - 8 August? At least 450 beers will be available throughout, including golden ales, fruit beers, stouts, bitters and some international 'real' lagers. As well as beer there is also cider and perry, all available in pint, half pint and third pint measures.
Tickets are available in advance from the website.   


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