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Secondary Magazine - Issue 59

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Created on 26 April 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 11 May 2010 by ncetm_administrator


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Welcome to Issue 59 of the Secondary Magazine. 


From the editor
Who knows what is going on in your classroom? Don’t be shy about your achievements and those of your students – share them in the Secondary Magazine.

It's in the News!
The fortnightly It's in the News! resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. A General Election was held on 6 May 2010. Elections are a rich source of live mathematical data for students. This resource focuses on the statistics produced at election time and gives students the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of percentages in context.

The Interview - Brian Butterworth
Brian is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at University College London. He has found that being unable to do arithmetic isn’t necessarily a sign of stupidity – and is amazed that fish have a sense of number.
Focus on - short image sequences
Being able to form and manipulate ‘mind-pictures’ is a powerful natural human ability. How can we help students use it effectively when they are doing mathematics?
An idea for the classroom - weighty problems
Here are some starting points and problems for students to extend and discuss. Discover their methods and be amazed at how they get unstuck.
5 things to do this fortnight
Have you got something to add to the entries in the Mathemapedia? The mathematics of knots, the ‘butterfly effect’, not having a mathematics qualification, and online revision sessions also feature.
Diary of a subject leader
Issues in the life of an anonymous subject leader
Our subject leader uses Alka-Seltzer to blow the tops off containers, prepares his team for visitors in lessons, and hosts a party for babies. 
Contributors to Issue 59 include: Brian Butterworth, Sue Madgwick, Mary Pardoe, Peter Ransom and Heather Scott.
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