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Secondary Magazine - Issue 64

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Secondary Magazine Issue 64labyrinth

Welcome to Issue 64 of the Secondary Magazine. 


From the editor
Students usually want to know why methods work.
It's in the News!
We’re all familiar with Google Earth’s images of our streets and houses from space, but these might soon be supplemented with 3D images from a pair of recently launched German satellites. This resource uses the idea of satellite images as a context for exploring 2D representations of 3D objects. Students look at the plan view of some well-known landmarks and are asked what they might look like from the front or side elevation, and then to match the image with a photograph of the landmark.
The Interview - Paul Ernest
Paul is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Exeter. He has analysed his father’s paintings, and picking up a book at a jumble sale started him thinking about mental images of number lines.
Focus on...labyrinths
There are well-known procedures for drawing labyrinths. But why do they work, and how is the Cretan labyrinth related to other labyrinths? These are questions to prompt explorations.
It makes me think
Somerset teachers are taking part in the SITiM professional development project.
5 things to do this fortnight
Think of questions to which the answer is ‘Parabola’, plan when to bring some history of mathematics into your classroom, watch Year 9 students in a playground, investigate hands-on road shows, and make an Origami cube. 
Diary of a subject leader
Issues in the life of an anonymous subject leader
Our subject leader ‘teaches’ his baby grandson, and uses the Texas Instruments Navigator with his department and with low-attaining students who are investigating Galileo’s pendulum. Mathematics teacher and Olympic pentathlete, Natasha Hunt, visits the faculty.
Contributors to this issue include: Paul Ernest, Mary Pardoe, Richard Perring and Peter Ransom.
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