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Secondary Magazine - Issue 11: Around the regions

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Created on 02 June 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 05 June 2008 by ncetm_administrator

Secondary Magazine

Welcome to Issue 11 of the NCETM Secondary Magazine. Discover our fortnightly features - some regulars and some new. Why not recommend your favourites, or add your thoughts and comments on the portal. This issue Around the regions features the South West.
Around the Regions - News, Views and Updates from the NCETM Team

You can’t do the learning for your pupils!
An experienced colleague said this to me many years ago when I was a newly qualified teacher trying to do the best for my pupils. It has stuck with me ever since and has been a very helpful reminder that I need to give learners space to make sense of whatever I might be providing for them through my teaching. Sometimes you can teach too much and end up doing all the work yourself!

In my current job as South West Regional Coordinator for NCETM, I am thinking a lot about professional learning and what makes for deep continuing professional development (CPD). I know that a one-off course or an exciting resource for the classroom doesn’t necessarily constitute professional development unless it has some kind of effect on me which I am prepared to do something about in my own practice. Whatever input I get as a teacher, it is not helpful to me unless I have the time to make sense of it in terms of my own classroom and my own practice. I can’t have my professional development done to me – I have to engage in thinking about my own practice myself.
North East
Early notice that the NCETM will be holding a Next Steps meeting in Gosforth on 15 July. This meeting will be an opportunity to share ideas and information regarding mathematics teaching in the North East and to discuss how we can all work together to improve current provision in the region. After the success of previous meetings we have decided to follow a similar aim as before where we share our thoughts on how to move mathematics forward here. Through your involvement in mathematics education in the North East your opinions are key to the success of the NCETM and to the future of mathematics teaching.

North West
Last summer, the NCETM began funding a project to be carried out by Manchester Metropolitan University Developing Interactive Whiteboard Materials: Developing Teachers.
The aims of this project include:
• developing IWB materials associated with working in contexts to support mathematical development;
• developing of IWB awareness of the teachers;
• increasing awareness of how the IWB can be used to support interactivity.
This is a substantial piece of work that includes working with a number of teachers throughout the North West and which is not due for completion until early in 2010.

Yorkshire and The Humber
Brigshaw High School is constantly looking for ways to build upon its successful transition policy, and staff there believe that bringing together Year 6 and Year 7 staff and pupils is the most effective way of doing this.  Last October, the NCETM began funding a 12-month research project with the aim of investigating how stronger links can lead to improvements in the motivation, the attitude and the teaching and learning of all involved. If you have a research project that you would like to put forward for consideration then please get in touch with tony.shepherd@ncetm.org.uk.

West Midlands
What is your picture of Professional Development?
Teachers in the West Midlands have been invited to write short ‘vignettes’ giving details of a key event (or conversation, resource, opportunity, or anything) that has helped them to develop professionally.  Their stories include Colin’s account of reading and reflecting on John Mason’s book about the discipline of noticing; Kevin’s conversation years ago with a mathematics adviser, and Mark’s involvement with ‘Motivate’ videoconferences.  The importance of reflecting on the various stimuli is a common theme in the stories, as is the long-lasting impact on each teacher’s ways of working in the classroom. Click here to read the vignettes and find out how to contribute your own story.

East Midlands
The NCETM is funding a project focussing on creating problem-solving resources in the East Midlands. Many current handling data resources suffer from a lack of interactivity and are often too focussed on using techniques in isolation. Can you develop resources based on problem solving, using real data – preferably actual data the students can collect for themselves?

As teachers, we know what works best in the classroom to motivate and engage young minds. Working in collaboration with other like-minded teachers means we can try out new ideas and experiment! If you’d like to be involved, click here to find out more.

East of England
There have been some changes for the NCETM in the East region. The Millennium Maths Project (MMP), which was acting as a regional coordinator for schools, has resigned from this role to focus on other areas. Until a new coordinator is appointed the role will be carried out by Sandy Cowling, a former LA adviser of wide experience and Joan Ashley, the current Regional Coordinator for FE, who has also worked in schools and as a PGCE tutor to trainees in the secondary sector.

Sandy and Joan are working to maintain business as usual – watch this space for details of their work.

South East
Coordination of the South East region has recently changed. Updates on regional activities will be available soon. In the meantime, click here to visit our regional page.

More Maths Grads (MMG) is an exciting new project which is taking place in East London. MMG is a £3.3 million programme designed to increase and widen participation within the mathematical sciences.

In the East of London, the project will be working directly with schools in four boroughs: Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Hackney. The project staff want to work collaboratively with schools and colleges in these four areas to develop new classroom approaches and materials. While several schools and colleges have already been identified, project officers would love to hear from any school in these boroughs who would be interested in participating in the MMG work.
If you’d like to find out more please click here to visit the MMG web site.

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Homepage, The Interview, An idea for the classroom, 5 things to do, The Diary, Focus on

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Self-evaluation, Why do we teach mathematics?, Learning mathematics in my school, Pathways and options at KS3 to KS5, Mathematical Vocabulary, Revision, Group Work, C/D Borderline, Planning teaching and learning, Technology for learning

The Diary - real issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader


5 things to do


Goodbye coursework


Focus on the equals sign


The Interview - a mathematical profile of Mark McCourt


An idea for the classroom


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