So… I’m expecting to be busy with blogging in the next week or so. I will be commenting on and giving my feelings about all the specifications and specimen papers being released for the new A-Level Maths and Further Maths qualifications tomorrow (9th June 2016).
I’m currently enjoying the AQA webinar and I love what I am seeing so far.
I have set up a Dropbox Folder where I will put all specifications and associated resources from all boards as soon as possible so that I (and you) can access them in one place!
I’m excited for tomorrow to come!
It’s my last lesson with my Year 13 Further Maths students this morning before their Edexcel FP2 exam.
One of the things that I am going to do with them is an increased difficulty version of the June 2012 paper. This is a very similar idea to my increased difficulty M1 paper I posted a while ago. Essentially, all that I have done is remove any unnecessary intermediate steps and diagrams.
You can find the paper here.
As promised, here is a chance to vote on the next #mathsjournalclub article. The poll will be open until the 9th June and then we will discuss the chosen article on Monday 11th July at 8pm – this will be the last chat before the summer holiday.
The choices are as follows (thanks to Rob Beckett and Danny Brown for some suggestions):
I look forward to finding out what article you decide 🙂
Complex loci and transformations in the complex plane are probably my least favourite topics to teach in A-Level Further Maths. It feels very negative to say that, but I don’t think I am alone! I also think it is one of the hardest topics for students to get their heads around in the further maths A-Level.
Last week I posted on Twitter asking if anyone had a complex loci card sort and Hannah (@LorHRL) pointed me into the direction of this one on TES. However being a Mac user it wasn’t easy for me to open the Microsoft Publisher file I decided to make my own using Geogebra.
Download the card sort here to use with your classes.
On Friday 20th May 2016 I was lucky enough to be asked to lead a session for the University of Nottingham maths PGCE students on teaching KS5 mathematics. It was three hours long and I really enjoyed doing the session and working with a great group of PGCE students.
I have embedded the presentation below, and you can also view it here.
Tomorrow is the last day for FP1 revision with classes. I have just made a relay activity to use tomorrow so thought i would share it here in case it is useful for anyone else.
The questions are here. I am intending on running this like the UKMT Team Challenge relays with one person working on the odd numbered questions and one person working on the even numbered questions.
I hope it is useful.
For the third of my revision clock activities I decided to make one for FP3. As before, they are a mix of generally 5/6 mark questions either from past exam papers or written by myself. I haven’t tried this one out with my class yet….
The questions are here, and I will put up fully worked solutions once I have done it in school.
UPDATE: Solutions now available.
On the 9th of May we discussed “Fifty years of A-level mathematics: Have standards changed?” by Ian Jones, Chris Wheadon, Sara Humphries and Matthew Inglis. A pre-print of the article is available here since the published article is behind a paywall.
We were lucky enough to have one of the author’s take part in the discussion and he provided some important insights. I feel that having the authors take part in the twitter chats is very powerful and something I hope we will see more of in the future.
Later this week I will release a poll for the next article, you have a few days to send me any suggestions – please make sure that they are open access 🙂
I will also announce the date for the John Mason article chat as soon as I have one.
Following on from my FP1 Revision Clock activity I have made one for FP2.
As before the generic clock template is available here.
The questions are a mix of ones that I have written myself and past exam questions.
You can find the questions and solutions on my website.
It took my class slightly over the hour to complete.
Aiming to do an FP3 and S2 one this weekend.
Something that I have been meaning to write about for ages and seemed pertinent to today’s #mathscpdchat hosted by Rob Beckett (@RBeckett_Yd) is the idea of mathematical style.
I’m often saying to my A-Level students that mathematics isn’t just about succeeding at getting an answer. The steps to the answer are the most important along with being able to structure a mathematical argument that is stylish.
Style and mathematical elegance is of course subjective, but I am beginning to think style should be assessed in A-Level examinations. The proposed problem solving questions with multiple possible approaches would be ideal for this. I believe a comparative judgment on “the most mathematically elegant” approach would be a robust way of assessing this.
As an example, to me, for the below question the first approach is significantly more elegant than differentiating!
What do you think?