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Secondary Magazine - Issue 40: 5 things to do

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Secondary Magazine Issue 40Nottinghill carnival

5 things to do this fortnight

How will you introduce new members of the department to the way that you work and help to establish a shared set of beliefs about what good mathematics teaching is? The first couple of Departmental Workshops might be a good place to start for the first departmental meeting of term, particularly Why do we teach mathematics? and Learning mathematics in my school units.

Is APP one of your priorities for next year? How will you work towards building a picture of students in your class? Teachers’ TV recently showed this programme looking at the way one school in Gloucestershire is developing assessment. It might help you to make some informed choices.
How does your scheme of work look? Is there an overview that shows which topics are being taught week by week? Are there key lessons that you want to include which set the tone for each topic? How are the process skills and/or functional skills included? Is the scheme of work a way to help everyone in the department push their comfort zone and drive forward teaching and learning? Every department has a different scheme of work which is, by necessity, personal to them. Have you all talked about how you’re going to make the most of yours this year?

What does it mean to do mathematics? Is the mathematics that we do in school real mathematics? Anne Watson claims it’s not, in an article which states, The relationship of school mathematics to adult competence is similar to the relationship between doing military drill and military leadership; between being made to eat all your spinach and becoming a chef; between being forced to practise scales and becoming a pianist. What do you think?
The last weekend of August is the Notting Hill Carnival. Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, it’s the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year, the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s best known street festival. Twenty miles of vibrant colourful costumes surround over 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls, over 40 000 volunteers, and over one million Notting Hill Carnival revellers.
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