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Secondary Magazine - Issue 151

Created on 27 November 2018 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 06 December 2018 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 151'Pumpkins' by Jonathan Tallber (adapted), in the public domain

Welcome to the NCETM Secondary Magazine. How do you look for inspiration for the classroom? We hear from a teacher who loves the ideas and support that judicious use of Twitter can provide. And for those teaching mechanics for the first time this year - without turning to Twitter - another teacher shares his inspired ideas for introducing the constant acceleration equations.

Don't forget that all previous issues are available in the Archive.

This issue's featured articles

question from articleTeaching surds - how Twitter came to the rescue!
Some teachers may know Kathryn Darwin via Twitter. Here, she shares the pleasure of her Twitter ‘virtual staffroom’ by starting a thought-provoking discussion about where to begin teaching surds.

Inspiration and ideas for teaching constant acceleration
Teaching mechanics for the first time? A level teacher Mark Dawes offers some insights and imaginative ideas for teaching the constant acceleration equations. How can you derive them from GCSE knowledge of velocity-time graphs? How can you use them in a practical experiment involving a crazy swan-dive?

From our Primary Magazine: Keeping the 'Rapid Graspers’ Engaged
More and more primary schools we are working with are moving to teaching maths to whole classes, rather than differentiating work for different ‘tables’ of children grouped by perceived ability. Often this has gone hand-in-hand with adopting a teaching for mastery approach to the curriculum. As teaching for mastery spreads into secondary schools, you may be interested to read about solutions primary teachers are finding to extending and deepening learning for ‘rapid graspers’, when they have ‘got it’. How many of these strategies could be used in a secondary classroom? You might also like to read the NCETM’s position on ‘ability’ grouping.

And here are some other things for your attention:

NCETM and Maths Hubs news

  • A chance to understand what we can learn from Shanghai maths teachers! Early next year, secondary schools are involved in the England-China Exchange (14–25 January 2019) with eight schools across the country opening their doors to hundreds of local teachers who want to see teaching for mastery in action.
  • We’ve produced a new poster to help teachers understand the range of professional development options, run by Maths Hubs and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP), available to anyone teaching maths beyond GCSE.
  • What is it like to be in a Maths Hub Work Group? Find out from a new NCETM podcast.
  • Have you read NCETM Director Charlie Stripp’s latest blog? In it he suggests that all students should be encouraged to have a go at maths competitions.
  • We’ve added an extra date for the conference for ITE tutors on teaching for mastery approaches in secondary schools: more places in London (28 January), and now also in Birmingham (25 February). Find out more.

Other news

These eight secondary schools will be hosting the 2018/19 Shanghai Showcase lessons. Click the school nearest to you to find out more and register your interest:

Image credit
Page header by Maria Shanina (adapted), in the public domain



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