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Secondary Magazine - Issue 73

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Secondary Magazine Issue 73Fractal - image by Wolfgang Beyer used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence

Welcome to Issue 73 of the Secondary Magazine. 


From the editor
The same five reasons that students give for ‘rejecting’ mathematics echo throughout research literature.
It's in the News!
Do you remember Paul the Octopus? He achieved worldwide fame this summer during the football World Cup by correctly predicting the results of six of Germany’s matches, as well as picking Spain to win the final, leading to claims that he was psychic. This resource uses the story of Paul as a context to generate discussion and debate around probability and chance.
Focus on...introducing fractal ideas
Students could explore some basic fractal ideas. Because of the detailed nature of this issue's Focus, we've split it into two sections: part 1 and part 2.
An idea for using ICT in the classroom – using digital photos to reason geometrically
How can we use mathematics software to support students to reason geometrically about the shapes and images within carefully selected photographs?
Benoît Mandelbrot’s thoughts about mathematics education
When students experience mathematics as a closed, finished subject they are put off. Mandelbrot saw that students were engaged by the ‘unfinished’ appeal of fractal geometry.
5 things to do this fortnight
Your students might apply to take part in an international youth camp, and you might be inspired by some beautiful tilings. We also feature a recently published journal, Bowland Assessment, and Lobachevsky.
Subject Leadership Diary
A subject leader can help the whole department focus on a particular issue, such as students’ financial awareness.
Contributors to this issue include: Alison Clark-Wilson, Mary Pardoe, Richard Perring and Peter Ransom.

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