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Secondary Magazine - Issue 43

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Created on 14 September 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 29 September 2009 by ncetm_administrator

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Welcome to Issue 43 of the Secondary Magazine.


From the editor
Did you see this headline a few weeks ago? ‘Pupils are no better at maths now than they were 30 years ago’. What were your thoughts? What are we trying to achieve for our pupils? What is it that they are or are not better at?
Up2d8 maths - Lightning Bolt
The fortnightly Up2d8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. This Up2d8 resource uses the context of Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, who is never far from the sports pages. Having already achieved legendary status for the enormity of the winning margins at the Beijing Olympics, Bolt broke both of his own world records at the World Championships in Berlin. He says that he is aiming to run the 100m in 9.4 seconds.
The interview - Charlie Peake
Charlie is the new head of mathematics at a school in Gloucestershire. Find out why mathematics makes him tick.
Focus on - coordinates
I cannot hear the name René Descartes without thinking of The Philosopher’s Drinking Song from Monty Python but he earned his place in the history of mathematics with his work on defining the system of Cartesian coordinates, which is featured in this issue.
An idea for the classroom - 'always, sometimes, never' questions
This issue’s idea for the classroom has come from a suggestion in one of the NCETM communities. Read about it here or visit the community for more ideas.
5 things to do this fortnight
There are some fantastic ideas here for your CPD. Tom’s video is well worth viewing – or you may be busy playing conkers? Do you still soak them in vinegar or is that cheating?
Diary of a subject leader
Real life issues in the life of a fictional subject leader
Our team leader reflects that his emotional reaction to ongoing issues in school can have a positive or negative impact on his team. Quite a challenge?
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