Some Tricks for UKMT Senior Team Challenges

This Wednesday was the Nottingham Regional Final of the UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge and I was lucky enough to take my team of Sixth Formers who did really well (a very proud teacher here!). I thought I would quickly share a couple of simple tricks for squaring numbers, which I am sure that most of […]

#mathsjournalclub Special Edition – ATM MT

This month the ATM have produced a special issue of their journal “Mathematics Teaching” focussed on assessment and made it freely available to all until the end of January 2016. People on Twitter seemed keen to have a special edition of #mathsjournalclub (in addition to our usual bi-monthly chats) looking solely at an article / […]

John Mason – Another ATM Session

This morning I made the journey down to the University of Leicester’s Fraser Noble Building for the latest ATM/MA East Midlands branch session.  Today it was John Mason – a big name in the Mathematics Education world. His session was entitled “Teaching More by Teaching Less: Getting Learners to Make Use of their Natural Powers” and […]

Introducing the Poisson Distribution

I may be wrong, but it seems un-common to introduce the Poisson distribution in S2 by discussing its original application to real data. Before teaching in schools I developed an “Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods for Engineers” course and this was how I introduced the poisson distribution in the lecture notes. I think it is […]

University of Huddersfield Mathematics Teacher Conference

On Saturday 7th November Ed Southall (@solvemymaths) organised a morning’s conference. This was primarily aimed at his trainees but a few tickets were made available generally. It was definitely worth making the trip up the motorway in the awful rain to go to this and was great to catch up with Ed, Hannah  (@MissRadders) and […]

George Boole’s Birthday

On the 2nd November 1815 George Boole was born and in celebration he has been honoured by a Google Doodle. In addition the University of Lincoln’s mathematics and physics department organised a public lecture. to be given by Evegeny Khukhro George Boole is credited with many things, including Founding invariant theory. Invention of boolean algebra. […]

#mathsjournalclub Poll 3 – The Winner

The poll is now closed and the winner is…… “Contrasts in Mathematical Challenges in A-Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and Undergraduate Examinations” by Ellie Darlington, and published in the IMA Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications journal. This article achieved almost 50% of the votes, and I am really looking forward to discussing it. The article […]