Whilst not wanting to define this article as mathematical gossip, it does come close! We’ve brought together news and current mathematical affairs, all in one place. We do hope it will interest you.
Happy Birthday George Boole!
The schools hosting the Shanghai exchange teachers are offering lots of events and PD opportunities in November: do contact your local host school, or your Maths Hub Lead school, to find out what’s happening in your area. Some “first impressions” from the NCETM team who visited Shanghai schools in September, and a flavour of how one school plans to work with their visiting teachers, can be viewed, and read here.
Might your maths department be interested in participating in a free programme of professional development, with the aim of improving teachers’ confidence in developing pupils’ mathematical reasoning? Each of the 35 Maths Hubs is looking for five schools to take part in the project, which this year focuses on reasoning in Key Stage 3. Find out more, including details of how to take part.
Among recent maths-related blogs that have caught our eye is an interesting think-piece on the new GCSE grades from the maths teacher and senior leader from an academy in West Yorkshire, on Twitter as @workedgechaos. We’d be interested in your views on this important subject.
The integral presence of mathematics in so many aspects of everyday life is the focus of a three-day ‘maths festival’ at the Science Museum in London at the end of this month. It’s called What’s Your Angle?, and is aimed specifically at 12-16-year-olds. Entrance is free, with admission on Friday 27 November specifically reserved for school groups.
ACME is seeking applications from 3-4 individuals to join an expert panel that will develop a project on the professional development learning journey for all teachers of mathematics. Applications should be submitted by 26 November.
Two things to draw your attention to if any of your working week is devoted to students who’ve not yet got a GCSE Grade C or equivalent in maths.
- first, the free online course, Citizen Maths, which has recently expanded its content significantly,
- and second, there’s a new series of NCETM-run, one-day maths workshops for teachers and trainers in the FE and Skills sector, all within the first two weeks of December. Details and booking here.
As the long winter nights draw in, we can treat ourselves by watching and listening to interesting programmes, which ideally are long enough to merit a cup of tea and a crumpet or two. So turn on the toaster and start with In Our Time, BBC Radio 4 on 5 November, discussing whether , one of the most important unsolved questions in mathematics.
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