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Secondary Magazine - Issue 42: 5 things to do

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Secondary Magazine Issue 42earth going around the sun

5 things to do this fortnight

On 2 November, Gresham College is hosting Mathematics, motion, and truth: the Earth goes round the Sun at Barnard’s Inn Hall. The reality of the Earth's motion, as proclaimed by Copernicus, quickly proved contentious. Accepted by Kepler, disputed by theologians (Lutheran and Catholic alike), veiled in suggestions of mere convenience, adopted and explained by Newton as a consequence of universal gravitation, parent of the notion of force – What is involved in accepting as true that the Earth goes round the Sun? This lecture traces these debates from the early 1600s to the time of Poincaré. More details are available on the Gresham College website.

Lesson Study means many things to many people, but generally it describes a process where teachers plan, teach and develop lessons collaboratively. Lesson Study is a key feature of the way many teachers in Japan work, and has now been adopted in American and, more recently, in some English schools.
The NCETM is planning a national NCETM Lesson Study Project which will begin with a launch seminar for 15 schools or colleges on Wednesday 14 October 2009. Applications to join the project must be in by 21st September.
Have you analysed your exam results yet? A number of the exam boards have a free tool which gives a question level breakdown, such as Edexcel’s ResultsPlus and AQA’s Enhanced Results Analysis. These tools not only allow easy identification of students who might benefit from a retake, but also allow you to see which areas of the curriculum your Year 11s found most challenging which might allow you to review the teaching and learning of these topics with your new Year 11.

How do you feel about Functional Skills? Have a look at this video and booklet from the QCDA [formerly QCA] which gives case studies and details lessons learned from the pilot centres.
How will you be celebrating the 943rd anniversary of the Battle of Hastings? Hastings Week takes place from 10 to 18 October 2009.
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