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Secondary Magazine - Issue 54: 5 things to do


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Secondary Magazine Issue 54sport relief mile at the Eden project - photograph by madnzany
 

5 things to do this fortnight

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Maths can tell us unexpected things about sporting movement and performance. A Gresham College lecture taking place at the Museum of London on 9 March will look at some of the things that we can learn about running, jumping, throwing, swimming and systems of point-scoring by using simple maths and mechanics. Whether you are a coach, a competitor, or just a spectator, maths can enrich your sporting experience!
 

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How should school practice within mathematics teacher education be organised? An event hosted by Oxford University on 14 April will examine two different ways of organizing school practice by studying Sweden and Finland. The event will illuminate the huge differences in ways that school practice serves as a resource in the discourse of the two countries and will shed light on organisational aspects of school practice which have been hypothesised as being of great importance for successful mathematics teacher education.
The event starts at 5 o'clock and you can get more details by e-mailing Matthew Inglis
 
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Would you like to improve your statistics content knowledge? Maybe you’ve used the NCETM Self-evaluation Tools and have identified that stats is an area to work on, or maybe you’re about to teach A-Level stats for the first time, or perhaps you just fancy a challenge. Starting on 27 March, Making statistics work in the classroom is a distance-learning course from the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE). It encourages self-learning in the development of statistical topics within standard secondary courses and enables teachers to develop a broader base of understanding that will enable them to teach the subject with more confidence and increased effectiveness. A problem-solving approach is used throughout. More details are available from the RSSCSE website


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What will you be doing after the GCSEs this summer? The Goldsmiths’ Company is offering a free summer course for teachers of mathematics and science. The mathematics course will look at the maths behind activities as diverse as cryptography, drug testing, internet applications and the study of chaos. Course activities will include a mix of lectures and hands-on workshop sessions, with an introduction to mathematical computation using the Maple package. A visit to the National Codes Centre at Bletchley Park will take place mid week. Though aimed primarily at those teaching advanced level mathematics, this course will be of interest to teachers of all science-related subjects who have studied mathematics to A-level standard. You can find details of last year’s course and book your place for this year on the Goldsmiths' Company website.


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How’s your training going for the Sport Relief Mile? Sport Relief runs from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 March. The aim is for the whole of the UK to come together to get active, raise cash and change lives. Details of suggested fundraising activities specifically for secondary schools are on the Sport Relief website.
     
 
 
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