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Secondary Magazine - Issue 138

Created on 10 October 2016 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 02 November 2016 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 138Autumn leaves by Jimmy Lau (adapted), in the public domain

Welcome to the October edition of the Secondary Magazine. As half-term approaches, this edition is full of meaty classroom ideas and resources for promoting deep and connected understanding – from multiple ways to approach composite functions (new on the Higher GCSE specification), to a teacher’s experience of using a new statistics resource from Oxfam. The Mathematical Association has provided us with an article by Ben Sparks, whose Geogebra resources offer the insight of moving (in both senses) interactive demonstrations. We also have some helpful thoughts on recruiting students to sixth form Core Maths courses, for schools new to providing them.


Heads Up
Here you will find a checklist 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. If you ever think that our heads haven’t been up high enough and we seem to have missed something that’s coming soon, do let us know: email info@ncetm.org.uk, or via Twitter, @NCETMsecondary.

Classroom View
Finding interesting, accessible and relevant data that has not already been ‘handled’ into graphs and averages, is a continuous challenge to the mathematics teacher. In this article, a teacher, Rachael Horsman, discusses her experiences of using a new six-lesson resource from Oxfam, based around research data collected about women’s honey-producing cooperatives in three African countries.

Sixteen Plus
“As maths teachers, we normally miss out on the scramble for bums-on-seats that we observe teachers of other subjects going through.”

Tom Rainbow, from Ivybridge Community College, one of the Core Maths early-adopter schools, finds himself developing new ‘recruitment’ skills to interest students in Core Maths. Here he shares some of the strategies he has found useful.

From the Library
Ben Sparks suggests that a visual example can easily lead the mind to a generalisation, if elements of the example can be varied, so that the image moves. Here, he points us to his favourite Geogebra demonstrations, and advocates strongly for their use in the classroom.

It Stands to Reason
“The introduction into GCSE of composite functions and the formal fg(x) notation, signals the expectation that by Year 11, pupils are beginning to have a deep basic understanding of the nature of functions.” This article suggests some different ways of looking at functions with pupils, to encourage deep, connected understanding.

Qualifications and Curriculum
In the ever-changing world of Qualifications and Curriculum, the exam boards tell us what’s new, and how they are responding to the changes.

Image credit
Page header by Jimmy Lau (adapted), in the public domain



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