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Issue 5
Secondary Magazine issue 5
Spring is just around the corner as we bring you Issue 5 of our Secondary Magazine. This week features a mathematics teacher who uses surprise tactics to capture and maintain students' attention, while our Professional Development module deals with mathematical vocabuary.
PowerMaths - mathematics from another planet
The secret behind Gerald Cort’s PowerMaths is to arrive into the classroom of the unsuspecting students dressed in his suit adorned with bow tie and sporting a neatly folded handkerchief in his breast pocket. The independent schoolteachers’ manner is professional and the reception he receives from the students in Hackney Comprehensive schools is usually along the lines of “who is this chap from a different planet?”.

The teaching approach adopted by Cort, catching the students by surprise and holding their attention, is combined with the use of technology such as the interactive whiteboard, wireless keyboards and software he himself has written.

His process of tackling difficult mathematical topics by utilising quizzes, games and puzzles, inviting students to the board, passing around wireless keyboards is then followed up by downloading further activities onto memory sticks for the students to take and complete for homework.

Results of PowerMaths within the borough have shown a 20% increase in A* - C grades in Mathematics year-on-year and it has made a significant improvement in attendance, concentration and behaviour.

Cort believes that one of the major difficulties that children face is the amount of time and energy that they waste by playing on computer games. He feels that their conscience is always nagging at them to be doing their impending homework and this is draining their energy resources. His philosophy is that by engaging the students with activities which are like the computer games. PowerMaths has the opposite effect because it is enjoyable and sanctioned by the school.

Click here to read more about Cort’s success in the Independent or visit the PowerMaths website.
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