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Secondary Magazine - Issue 51

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Secondary Magazine Issue 51tile from Brooklyn Museum - photograph by Wikipedia from Shooting Brooklyn project, under Creative Commons Share-a-like licence 2.5

Welcome to Issue 51 of the Secondary Magazine. Wow – 2010 is here! This is a year of significant change for mathematics education – let us help you keep up to date with a range of articles to inform, amuse or provoke thought. Happy reading!


From the editor - Better mathematics
While the Christmas holidays are still in mind, we reflect upon some holiday reading with Better magazine.
Up2d8 maths - 's no joke!
The fortnightly Up2d8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. What’s happening to the weather? Snow and ice caused chaos at the beginning of the year – schools were closed, people were advised not to travel and baboons were fed hot potatoes but, as always, there are claims that this is ‘nothing special’ and that people are overreacting. In this resource, students are presented with some raw data from the Met Office (maximum temperature and minimum temperature for each month and season since 1914) and, using this data, are asked to argue either that the data shows that the winters are getting colder or that the data shows that the winters are not getting colder.
Focus on - multiplication tables
I always found 7 x 8 the most difficult table fact to remember until someone mentioned the consecutive numbers 56 = 7 x 8. Here we draw attention to some other uses for multiplication tables.
An idea for the classroom - design a tile
This interactive tool is a real delight – use this as part of your work on transformations to produce some professional-looking designs for your classroom.
5 things to do this fortnight
It’s 2010 – the countdown to September’s new GCSEs continues, and are you ready for Burns Night?
Diary of a subject leader
Real life issues in the life of a fictional subject leader
It’s that time of year when our students are putting all their efforts into their mock examinations. What can we do to maximise the impact of their efforts and how does this relate to the culture in our school? 
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