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Secondary Magazine - Issue 114

Created on 04 September 2014 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 16 September 2014 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 114'For My Teacher' by Todd Petrie (adapted), some rights reserved

Welcome to Issue 114 of the Secondary Magazine

Happy New Year…well, you know what we mean. Ever thought about teaching in China? Term started there on 1 September, and the first national holiday was on 8 September – followed by Teachers' Day, when all pupils have to give cards and presents to their teachers!

The team at the NCETM hope that you have had a refreshing summer break, and have come back to school re-invigorated for the mathematics journey ahead. We have decided to update the format of the Secondary magazine, and introduce some new items to stimulate, inspire and enhance your teaching. Let us know what you think.


Here you will find a check-list of some of the recent, or still current, mathematical events featured in the news, by the media or on the internet: if you want a “heads-up” on what to read, watch or do in the next couple of weeks or so, it’s here. This month we’ve included information on the Fields Medal awards, the summer examination results, progression maps for the new curriculum, and the latest from Charlie’s Angles.

Building Bridges
A new regular feature in which discussion of secondary mathematics topics will aim to draw out the inter-connectivity of the topics with preceding, succeeding or surrounding topics, in ways that will support and enrich your teaching at KS3 and KS4. This month: fractions.

Sixth Sense
A second new regular feature to stimulate your thinking about teaching and learning A level Maths. This is written by Andy Tharratt (the NCETM’s Assistant Director with just this area of responsibility). This month: trigonometric functions and the unit circle representation.

From the Library
Want to draw on maths research in your teaching but don’t have time to hunker down in the library? Don’t worry, we’ve hunkered for you: in this issue you can be inspired by Richard Skemp’s article about relational and instrumental understanding and its relevance to today’s curriculum.

It Stands to Reason
Developing students’ reasoning is a key aim of the new KS3 and 4 Programmes of Study, and this new regular feature will share ideas how to do so. In this issue we think about developing reasoning in the context of the topic of linear sequences.

Eyes Down
How do your students define “parallel”? The final picture in this issue may give them some new ideas – “eyes down” for inspiration.

Image credit
Page header by Todd Petrie (adapted), some rights reserved



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