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Secondary Magazine - Issue 119

Created on 05 February 2015 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 26 February 2015 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 119'Rhubarb pile' by Stuart Childs (adapted), some rights reserved

Welcome to Issue 119 of the Secondary and FE Magazine

For those of us teaching further Mechanics, Spring is probably already here – in the form of Hooke’s Law and/or Simple Harmonic Motion (ok, not our best maths-joke)…but for the rest of us, it still seems a long way off as we scrape frost from the windscreen and travel to work and back in the gloom. So we hope that this latest issue of the Secondary and FE magazine will act like an upside-down bucket in the rhubarb shed of your mathematical mind, and soon zingy fresh ideas will be bursting into your thinking and teaching like Yorkshire’s proudest pinkest finest! Please do share with us what comes forth, by email to info@ncetm.org.uk or on Twitter, @NCETMsecondary.

Let us take a moment to give our huge thanks – and congratulations – to the Maths team in the White Rose Maths Hub, who organised the stadium-filling jamboree that was the Celebration of Maths on 7 February. You know you’re at a high-profile Maths event when you’re behind Marcus du Sautoy and Rachel Riley in the queue for the pi and chips! It was great fun, hugely stimulating, and wildly popular: well done White Rose – and thank you for giving us another winter treat from Yorkshire!


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 there’s the usual round-up, and also some trailers for the eventful next few weeks!

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: multiplication (as thought about, perhaps, by a Yorkshire rhubarb farmer…).

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 he writes about helping students understand risk and conditional probability. By the way, Andy’s from Yorkshire, like the rhubarb...

From the Library
Want to draw on maths research in your teaching but don’t have time to hunker down in the library because you’re too busy tending your rhubarb? Don’t worry, we’ve hunkered for you: in this issue we're reflecting on a research article considering how pupils solve equations.

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 think about optimising the growing conditions for developing rhubarb sorry, we mean reasoning about solving equations.

Eyes Down
A picture to give you an idea: “eyes down” for inspiration. Definitely, best considered with a cup of tea and slice of warm rhubarb cake.

Image credit
Page header by Stuart Childs (adapted), some rights reserved



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