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Secondary Magazine - Issue 58: 5 things to do

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Secondary Magazine Issue 58

5 things to do this fortnight

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The exams are close! Do your students know how to revise? There are many revision sites on-line. Mr Barton Maths offers some simple strategies that students can use to make their revision more effective and there are plenty of past papers freely available from Dr Zargle. There are many more ideas in this departmental workshop from Issue 6 of the Secondary Magazine.

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Do your students know what to revise?! Many exam boards offer a question-level breakdown of each student’s performance (and those that don’t will still publish an examiner's report) showing which areas of mathematics students find particularly challenging. Giving students access to this breakdown can help them focus their revision time on their own high priority topics.

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Looking past the exams, you might feel the need to refresh and inspire yourself. On 8 June, in London, the Mathematics in Another Dimension Conference 2010 aims to arm all teachers and professionals with a new insight into the learning and teaching of mathematics. During the day you will have opportunities to see, hear and do mathematical activities, use resources and be treated to demonstrations from prestigious classroom practitioners and world famous professors!

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The following day provides another opportunity to refresh yourself and think about mathematics and pedagogy. The Poole Grammar School Mathematics Department, with the Further Mathematics Support Programme and the NCETM are proud to present Making the Connection. This teacher enrichment conference is for teachers of mathematics from the South West and beyond. The keynote speech – Only Connect: who connects what and how? – will be given by Professor John Mason, Open University, Author of ‘Thinking Mathematically’.

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Do you fancy teasing an ‘Oss’ on May Day? If so, you need to get to Padstow in Cornwall for the traditional festivities. Celebrations begin early morning on May Day with the stable doors opening to let the Oss appear onto the narrow streets. First the procession of the Obby Oss Clan goes around the harbour crowded with thousands of onlookers, then up the narrow lanes – even into gardens and houses. Festivities go on all day and into the evening. There is even a Children’s Wee Oss. The Padstow Obby Oss is one of the oldest surviving customs in the country and is believed to be an ancient fertility rite marking the coming of summer.
If you can’t make it there’s an archive video of the festivities, together with a more recent one.

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