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Secondary Magazine - Issue 118

Created on 14 January 2015 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 02 February 2015 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 118Pythagoras

Welcome to Issue 118 of the Secondary Magazine

Happy New Year!  We hope you have had a restful and restorative break as well as a fun one, and we promise not to mention those dreaded post-Christmas units: inches and pounds (either lb or £ - bank balances and waistlines do seem to be inversely proportional at this time of year!). Thank you for the comments and feedback we’ve had so far on the refreshed Secondary Magazine: we’re delighted that you’re finding the articles and information interesting and useful. Please do continue to let us know what you think, by email to info@ncetm.org.uk or on Twitter, @NCETMsecondary.

You will have read our first guest article in last month’s edition. If you’d like to contribute please get in touch…now there’s a New Year Resolution for you!


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 congratulatory message to our Director Charlie Stripp, Renaissance mathematics, The Ofsted Annual report, a year in numbers and some interesting visualisations.

Building Bridges
The regular feature in which discussion of secondary mathematics topics draws out the inter-connectivity of the topics with preceding, succeeding or surrounding topics, in ways that will support and enrich your teaching in KS3 and KS4. This month: additive and multiplicative invariance, and a quick rant against “BODMAS”.

Sixth Sense
Stimulate your thinking about teaching and learning A level Maths, with these monthly articles from Andy Tharratt (NCETM’s level 3 specialist Assistant Director). This month: what’s the probability that your students can explain coherently their reasoning in this selection of probabilistic contexts?

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, and in this issue we share with you an article whose title pretty much sums up the NCETM Secondary Director’s Christmas, A Mathematician Goes to the Movies.

It Stands to Reason
Developing students’ reasoning is a key aim of the new secondary and post-16 Programmes of Study, and this monthly feature shares ideas how to do so. In this issue we discuss developing reasoning about Pythagoras' Theorem.

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



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