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Secondary Magazine - Issue 80

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Secondary Magazine Issue 80Railway wagons photograph by Alex Drennan used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) licence

Welcome to Issue 80 of the Secondary Magazine. 


From the editor
Are we regularly engaging our students in tasks that are fun because they are hard?
It's in the News! A marathon a day...
During 2010 and into 2011, Belgian Stefaan Engels completed an extraordinary feat of endurance, running 365 marathons in 365 days! The races, in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Canada, Mexico and the US, mean that Stefaan Engels ran more than 15 000 km in a year, averaging around four hours for each marathon. This resource uses this extraordinary feat as a context for exploring notions of distance and allows the opportunity for students to practice proportional reasoning in a number of contexts. 
The Interview - Rosamund Sutherland
Rosamund (Ros) Sutherland, who is Professor of Education at the University of Bristol, started her research career at the Institute of Education in London. She is currently leading a Joint Mathematical Council working party on ‘The place of digital technology in school and college mathematics’, and hopes that it will soon be possible for all young people to learn to use the power of digital software to produce and investigate mathematics.
Focus on...shunting
When students are challenged to shunt railway trucks into new arrangements on rail-track layouts a teacher can focus on some ways of acting mathematically.
Two birds - one stone
On a June day, close inspection reveals that the learners are Year 5 pupils and the ‘teachers’ are Year 10 students.
5 things to do
You may like to be part of a one-day IMA conference, or join an evening discussion led by experts at the leading edge of research in mathematics education at the University of London’s Institute of Education. You might also investigate free mathematics lectures to be found at Gresham College’s new website, discover ‘Marcus’ Marvellous Mathemagicians’, or let Descartes and Tom Lehrer entertain your students for a few moments.
Subject Leadership Diary
Effective subject leaders make real efforts, reading widely and attending conferences and meetings, to bring new materials to their department as soon as they become available. They arrange regular opportunities for their whole team to get to know these new resources and discuss ways of working with them.
Contributors to this issue include: Mary Pardoe, Richard Perring, Anne Price, Peter Ransom and Rosamund Sutherland.

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Page header - Railway wagons photograph by Alex Drennan some rights reserved
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