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Secondary Magazine - Issue 72


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Secondary Magazine Issue 72dominoes by Mykl Roventine used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence
 

Welcome to Issue 72 of the Secondary Magazine. 
 

Contents

From the editor
Time is always an issue in mathematics education.
 
It's in the News!
On 14 October 2010 Greater Manchester Police used the social networking site Twitter to give details of every incident they dealt with over a 24-hour period, including one person calling to complain that their builder had turned up two months late and another saying that their television wasn’t working. These trivial distractions sit alongside much more serious crimes and illustrate the variety and intensity of the work of the force. These ‘tweets’ are used in this resource to provide a context for students to develop their representing skills, one of the KS3 process skills and a part of Functional Maths.
 
The Interview - Dave Hewitt
Dave is Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Birmingham. Your students may have enjoyed learning algebra with his Grid Algebra software package. Being a father of two young daughters has been by far the most challenging, fascinating, difficult and rewarding challenge in his life.
 
Focus on...dominoes
Explorations of arrangements, combinations and structures of dominoes and domino sets provide opportunities for students to encounter various mathematical ideas, and to act mathematically.
 
An idea for the classroom - introducing mathematical iteration
Two completely different activities are described, both of which could be used to introduce students to iterative processes.
 
Clock-time and personal-time
Assuming that personal-time is composed from irrational moments squeezed between the rational ‘tick-tocks’ of clock-time, what sort of things might be done in personal-time, and how may we plan to employ it?
 
5 things to do this fortnight
We remind you of something to inspire your students, a very interesting new mathematics qualification, a fundraising event to celebrate numbers, a mathematics ‘roadshow’, and Mandelbrot’s extraordinary contribution to mathematical thought.
 
Subject Leadership Diary
One of the most important roles, if not the most important role, of a subject leader is to engage and support the whole mathematics team in exploring new ideas for, and ways of working in, the classroom.
 
Contributors to this issue include: Dave Hewitt, Mary Pardoe, Richard Perring, Peter Ransom and Jim Thorpe.

Image Credits
Page header - dominoes - photograph by Mykl Roventine some rights reserved
 
 
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