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Secondary Magazine - Issue 82

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Created on 15 March 2011 by ncetm_administrator
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Secondary Magazine Issue 82dice

Welcome to Issue 82 of the Secondary Magazine. 


From the editor
To what extent in our teaching do we bear in mind the principle of ‘spurious purposes’?
It's in the News! Fox scales shard
A fox has been found living off scraps of food left by builders at the top of the UK’s tallest building! When completed, The Shard, near London Bridge, will be 1 016 feet high. This resource uses a graphic used by The Sun newspaper to illustrate this story as a context to explore proportion and scale drawing. 
The Interview - Laurinda Brown
Laurinda is Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Bristol. Through Dick Tahta, with whom she learned to teach mathematics, she engaged with the work of Caleb Gattegno. Consequently, in her work with different groups of people, whether they are mathematics educators from across Europe, PGCE student mathematics teachers, or students in a classroom learning mathematics, she subordinates her teaching skills in the support of learning.
Focus on...non-transitive dice
Your students may enjoy using and investigating the many sets of non-transitive dice that have already been discovered, and they might even find some sets that are as yet unknown!
5 things to do
Your students might write about maths in your city, or become fascinated by mathematical illusions. You could find some great alternatives to text-based learning, start planning lessons related to the Olympic Games, or enter a talented girl student for a competition that could lead to a challenge.
Subject Leadership Diary
Easter provides opportunities for some interesting cross-curricular mathematics with science and religious studies. An effective subject leader looks for ideas and challenging materials to keep students focussed on their studies, and to energise everyone near the end of a long term.
Contributors to this issue include: Laurinda Brown, Mary Pardoe, Richard Perring and Peter Ransom.
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