If the new GCSE still feels, well, ‘new’ to you, you might want to take advantage of some of the abundant sources of free help and guidance that is out there on the internet. Among many others that specifically target the new parts of GCSE Maths are Resourceaholic, Just Maths and Mr Barton Maths.
And if in a GCSE lesson you face that frequent question from a pupil, ‘What’s the point of doing quadratics?’ you might like to use some of the arguments in this recent blog post from Anne Watson of Oxford University.
This might be a first for the Secondary Magazine, but we’re going to suggest you tune your radio to Radio Three, where mathematician Marcus du Sautoy is just finishing a series The Secret Mathematician, in which he uncovers the maths within literature, art and music. All five episodes are still available via the BBC iPlayer.
There’s a good deal of maths in an essay about risk, linked to the 30th anniversary of the Challenger space shuttle disaster, on the BBC website.
If you’re fed up with fellow teachers banging on about what they’ve ‘seen on Twitter,’ perhaps it’s time to adopt the tactic, ‘if you can’t beat 'em, join 'em.’ This Beginner's guide to Twitter for teachers from Mark Anderson (aka @ICTevangelist) can ease you in gently.
STOP PRESS: Congratulations from all of us at the NCETM to Colin Hegarty, maths teacher at a London comprehensive, for being named in the top ten finalists for a global teaching prize, largely due to his phenomenally popular maths teaching website and Twitter account, @hegartymaths.
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