Conference 2010 • BCME 7 • ‘Mathematical Progressions’
06-09 Apr 10 • University Place • University of Manchester
In 2010, all the leading UK mathematical organisations united in a single conference dedicated to mathematics and mathematics education. It offered delegates a rich and rewarding experience and gave the opportunity to mix with colleagues in a specialist area and broaden horizons by meeting new National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics friends with other specialist interests.
- Association of Mathematics Education Teachers
- Association of Teachers of Mathematics
- British Congress of Mathematics Education
- British Society for Research in Learning Mathematics
- British Society for the History of Mathematics
- Edinburgh Mathematical Society
- Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences
- Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
- Joint Mathematical Council
- London Mathematical Society
- Mathematical Association
- Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Network
- National Association of Numeracy & Mathematics in Colleges
- National Association for Mathematics Advisers
- The Operational Research Society
- The Royal Statistical Society
Professor Marcus du Sautoy • Opening Plenary
Sponsored by: London Mathematical Society
Marcus du Sautoy is Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. He is the author of Finding Moonshine and The Music of the Primes. He has presented Mindgames and The Music of the Primes and The Story of Maths on BBC television. He writes for the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and The Times. In 2006 he was the Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer.
Professor Margaret Brown • Closing Plenary
“BCME 7 is a very important conference for anyone involved in the teaching and learning of mathematics, from early learning to undergraduates and adults. BCMEs provide rare opportunities to bring together members of all the professional associations concerned with mathematics and mathematics education to share our knowledge, experiences and enthusiasms. It promises to be an exciting conference.”
Professor Paul Cobb • Keynote
“Developing effective classroom practices that enable all students to understand central mathematical ideas is a challenging undertaking. Exchanges with colleagues that focus on issues of mathematical content, the process of students’ learning, and effective instructional strategies is a valuable source of support for teachers as they strive to hone their skills. BCME 7 is an important venue for teachers to learn both from the wisdom of practice and from current research of mathematics teaching and learning.”
- Maths teaching in other countries
- Communicating mathematics across ICT applications
- Dynamic Geometry
- Maths Works (IMA series of conferences on how maths is used in interesting places in work)
- History of Mathematics
- Post 16 Maths
- Inclusion (EAK, SEN, both primary and secondary)
- Early Years and Primary
- One computer in the classroom
- The M in STEM
- Statistics – including broad statistical literacy
- Creative mathematics and problem solving
- Further Maths
- Proof and proving
What’s Happening and When?
All AGMs are scheduled to take place on the Tuesday evening, followed by a Quiz. On Wednesday evening there will be a panel session on school mathematics in the UK, with representatives of the four home countries, followed by Colin Wright’s juggling act. A bar will be available on Tues and Weds evenings. On Thursday evening there will be a drinks reception, and the (optional) Conference Dinner. Conference after dinner speaker – Sir Martin Taylor. Publishers exhibition takes place Wednesday and Thursday.
Give your CPD a boost at BCME7
Get your maths teaching up to speed at Maths in Motion, a new hands-on activity area that’s available at BCME for the first time this year.
Texas Instruments, OCR awarding body and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) are combining forces at BCME7 to create a stimulating activity area, designed to enrich your CPD.
Practitioners from across primary, secondary and further education will be on hand to share the wide variety of classroom activities they use to engage learners with maths and maths across STEM. Find out how you can use activities such as creative problem solving, integrated technology and real-life learning experiences to improve your own teaching. Have a go at all our CPD activities and you could win a TI-Nspire Handheld (or TI-84 Plus if you prefer) and a CBR 2 Motion Sensor, an ultra-sonic motion detector to collect and analyse real world motion data.
To get your maths moving, make a trip to Maths in Motion in the lecture theatre foyer a priority at BCME7.
Manchester and the University
Manchester is one of the most dynamic and lively places in Europe. A big city with a compact and friendly centre. A trendsetting music and style capital that still has a place for traditional street markets and local pubs. A place with an illustrious past that’s always at the cutting edge of what’s new. Manchester is a city of opportunities: a place to study, to learn and to enjoy yourself.
Manchester’s ability to welcome and embrace change throughout its history has given it a rare energy. Manchester was at the epicentre of the industrial revolution, and the spirit which brought the world into the modern age is evident in its trademark Victorian buildings and monuments, such as the gothic Town Hall in Albert Square. But over the last few years the city centre has been reinvented.
The University of Manchester is at the heart of this exciting city -geographically, historically and culturally. The campus is just a short walk from the city centre and all its attractions. And our own buildings and history are integral to Manchester’s unique character.
What they said about BCME 6
From Bernard Silverman, teacher
‘This was the best professional development event I have ever attended, (it was also excellent value for money), and I have returned refreshed and stimulated, buzzing with ideas for myself and the mathematics department. During the coffee breaks and lunches, it was great to exchange experiences and talk about doing mathematics and teaching mathematics with other equally passionate and committed people. Teaching can sometimes feel like a solitary experience and I am delighted to find a community of similarly minded people who welcomed me and valued me as an equal.’
From another who attended BCME 6
‘The greatest benefit of coming together under the BCME umbrella is being able to put together programmes that enable us as delegates to attend some of the activities that would normally be available in our individual association conferences, but also to ‘mix and match’, thus gaining access to sessions not normally available to us. So, for instance, as somebody who usually attends either an ATM or MA conference, I could go to some research sessions that would not be available otherwise. This has helped to broaden my horizons by becoming aware of what others are working on. With members of so many different associations attending, I made many more informal contacts than usual over meals and in the bar!’
Colin Foster - King Henry VIII School, Coventry
“In 2005 I attended BCME6 ‘Routes of Unity’ at Warwick University. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet a huge number of people with an interest in mathematics education. Compared with other conferences I had attended before, there was a greater diversity of delegates from all sorts of different backgrounds and with varied interests, making for an extremely stimulating few days. I had no trouble finding plenty of appealing sessions to attend, both of the practical hands-on kind as well as the more reflective and laid-back variety. As ever, meal times and other gaps in the programme were great for meeting new people and catching up with old friends – the most valuable INSET can be just talking to people! I am looking forward to BCME7 and I have no doubt that it will be a real highlight of my 2010.”