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Secondary Magazine

Issue 9
Secondary Magazine issue 9
Welcome to week 9 of the NCETM Secondary Magazine. In this issue, there are lots of activities to consider, from the use of video recording in the classroom, to planning and thinking about the benefits of attending a Summer School. Get in touch to let us know what you want to see featured, and post your comments on the portal.
National Mathematics Teachers' Summer School 2008:
Leading mathematics in the secondary phase
The second National Mathematics Teachers' Summer School (NMTSS) will take place, with support from the NCETM, between 26-31 August 2008 at Robinson College, Cambridge, and nominations are invited for 80-100 experienced KS3 and KS4 teachers who are potential or actual subject leaders.

The Summer School will build on the remarkable success of the 2007 Summer School (click here to download the 2007 Summer School report in PDF format) which has been clearly linked to its strong mathematical focus, with other important aspects of school mathematics (pedagogical reflection and classroom practice) emerging from this central focus.

Why not read about the experiences of delegates from the 2007 event, and consider how attending this year might benefit your professional development:

Would this change your life?
How can we encourage our best young mathematics teachers to stay in the classroom? How can we ensure they feel part of a professional community, develop their professionalism, and deepen their love of mathematics and teaching? These are some of the questions this project sought to address.
Eighty teachers from across the country who had been nominated by their schools gathered at Robinson College, Cambridge, in the last week of the summer holiday. Through a combination of high quality input, a richly-varied programme, a tightly-structured format, and an excellent venue, the aim was to provide a memorable, influential, and possibly life-changing mathematical experience. Read more

Maths Camp Blog
First Impressions: The session on formal geometry was very new to me and one of the things I hoped to learn more about. Tony [Gardiner] explained the reasons behind (the philosophy of) geometry and gave us some hard problems.  He was quite strange in his manner: he kept leaving the vowels out of words (this changed to consonants later in the week just to confuse us).

I would use this in school – I could write bits of the proof on cards which the pupils would have to put into order as well as fill in the asterisks.   Or to make it harder, I could provide only joining words (therefore, because etc) and some of the key words (congruent, equal, length etc), with asterisks in.  They can write down as much as they can say about the diagram on post-it notes, and then they can then fit it all together. Read more

Click here to visit the NCETM Course & Events directory, for full details of the 2008 Summer School. Places are limited, so book to secure your place as soon as possible.
Secondary Focus - Portal Tour  
Secondary Magazine archive

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Issue 5, Issue 6, Issue 7, Issue 8

PD Activities
Why do we teach mathematics?
Learning mathematics in my school
Pathways and options at KS3 to KS5
Mathematical Vocabulary
Group Work
C/D Borderline
Planning teaching and learning

Website of the week - video recording in the classroom


Contact us - share your ideas and comments


PD Activity - Planning teaching and learning. Click here to find out more


5 things to do this week - Embark on a voyage of cryptography


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 Secondary Magazine - Read the next issue to find out more about technology for learning