Monthly Archives: February 2020

A New Way to Teach Quadratics.

On March 17th there will be a meeting of the AMSP that may be of interest

In December 2019, a news article emerged detailing a “new way to teach quadratics” that could revolutionise the way the topic is taught in schools. In this meeting we will find out what that method is, how it works and whether there is any reason to be using it in the classroom. We will also discuss the pros and cons of different approaches to solving quadratics and hopefully challenge ingrained habits. Plus, probably, a bit of paper folding and the odd puzzle or two!

This meeting will be led by Ieuan Pearse, Assistant Hub Lead for the Boolean Maths Hub, leading CPD workgroups for teachers specialising in A Level Maths, Further Maths and Core Maths. Ieuan has taught Maths at Bristol Cathedral Choir School for 10 years and is Lead Practitioner for Mathematics across the Cathedral Schools Trust.

The Flyer is here: AMSP Network Meeting, with details on how to book a place.

Maths CPD Opportunities

There are a few maths CPD events taking place in Devon and Cornwall this term.

The first of these is the ATM/MA meeting happening this Wednesday (5th February) at the Exeter Maths School. At this hands on meeting, Dr Bob Burn will be exploring Tessellation and promises some unexpected results from simple techniques. (Flyer: Bob Burn)

The Shanghai Teacher Exchange is organised by the NCETM and Maths Hub Network. There are just 12 secondary schools around the country hosting a pair of teachers from Shanghai and Launceston College has been chosen as one of these host schools. On March 10th and 11th two teachers will each offer a ’showcase’ lesson followed by a discussion based on the lesson and the planning process that led up to it. Details are on the attached poster, and you can book by completing the form here. (Flyer: 2020 Shanghai Live)

Finally for this term is another ATM/MA meeting which is taking place on Thursday 30th April, again at the Exeter Maths School. This one will be a session from Mark McCourt. Mark hasn’t yet finalised the focus of his session, but it will be suitable for both primary and secondary teachers. More details to follow.

Lastly, there is a one day event for Primary Teachers organised by the MA. This is taking place at the Exeter Maths School on Saturday 14th March (Pi Day!) and includes sessions from Ruth Merttens, Ray Huntley, Jill Mansergh and a few others! Details and booking is here (This isn’t free, it’s £50 for MA members, and £80 for non-members (which includes a year of membership))

Feel free to pass this information on to anyone who might be interested.