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Secondary Magazine - Issue 117

Created on 25 November 2014 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 16 December 2014 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 117part of equation from 'It stands to Reason'

Welcome to Issue 117 of the Secondary Magazine

The holiday is nearly here - at last! In between the end of term reports, exams, festive lunches and the endless bleating of “do we have to have a proper lesson, can’t we just watch a DVD?” (and that’s just your colleagues, ho-ho), we hope that finding Issue 117 tucked behind the door of an advent calendar, or with your name on it in the Secret Santa box, helps you get to the 19 December finish line!

As this time of year is traditionally one of reflection and forward planning, we’ve focused two of the articles on decisions that are upcoming, rather than curriculum content. As always, let us know what you think, by email to info@ncetm.org.uk or on Twitter, @NCETMsecondary.

Speaking of advent calendars: here are three that we like.


Heads Up
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 a guest blog from Jane Jones, Ofsted’s National Lead for Mathematics, a celebration of the Cockcroft report, the Your Life project, the film The Imitation Game, and the work of Alexander Grothendieck.

Building Bridges
This month, rather than the usual discussion of a secondary mathematics topic, we share some thoughts about choosing a GCSE specification for your current Year 9s.

Sixth Sense
As this is often the time when Year 11s start to make choices about sixth form study, we’ve decided to bring together some sources of advice and guidance for them, which you too may find interesting and useful.

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 an article considering pupils' understanding of probability.

It Stands to Reason
Developing students’ reasoning is a key aim of the new KS3 and 4 Programmes of Study, and this monthly feature shares ideas how to do so. In this issue we think about developing reasoning about probability.

Eyes Down
A picture to give you an idea: “eyes down” for inspiration.

Image credit
Page header by Robert Fries (adapted), some rights reserved



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