Mathematics Teaching 208 - May 2008
Mathematics Teaching is the journal of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics. It is a professional journal sent to all members of the Association. It is not a refereed journal. Submissions are reviewed by the editorial team. Many articles have additional information or associated files placed on the journal website.
Hasan Unal describes some different ways of visualising the sum of a series.
Liz Meenan describes an easy and exciting way of making 3D solids from their nets without the need for any glue.
Richard Lewis, a mathematics education student, describes his mathematical thinking when working on an assignment on conics.
In the first of a two-part series, Francis Lopez-Real offers some problems and challenges associated with ‘The mystery theorem’.
Pryde Nubea Sema describes how he is working with colleagues to improve the mathematical experiences of his students.
Sue Caldwell asks whether the spiral curriculum is simply taking students round in ever decreasing circles.
Derek White describes a lesson Dick Tahta taught to Derek’s sixth formers at Backwell Comprehensive School, North Somerset, in 1974.
Jenni Ingram describes how she uses PowerPoint to enhance her students’ learning.
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Alf Coles reflects on how Dick Tahta and Caleb Gattegno demonstrated that mathematics teaching could be powerful, playful and relevant.
In the final article of a series of four, Ian Thompson deconstructs the primary national strategy’s approach to written division. The other three articles in the series appeared in MT202, MT204 and MT206.
Paul Wilson discusses the impact of pupils’ attitudes on their attainment in mathematics and the importance of fostering positive attitudes.
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Roger Duke, Alan Graham and Sue Johnston-Wilder describe a research initiative teaching fractions to 9- to 12-year-old pupils.
Liz Woodham outlines her Master's research into using NRICH resources to promote mathematical enrichment for all.
These puzzles were generated by the program Number grids, from the ATM CD Interactive Mathematics.
It is well known that American students are fearful of mathematics.
The article discusses the trifolium image, which is animated as a flicker-book throughout MT206.
Children’s misunderstandings of fundamental mathematical concepts tend to persevere, often into adulthood, and these confusions frequently underlie maths anxiety.
Excel’s Data Filter is an excellent tool which enables you to look at subsets of data; it is an extremely handy admin tool and is also useful for exploratory data analysis.
“Sir, how old are you?” There is a lot of mileage in responding to such impertinent individuals with: “Two billion seconds.”
So the 11+ is not a great idea, it makes children grow apart after seven years of being together and makes some of them feel second class, which is not a good thing at our age.
Surely we should be saying ‘thinking outside the regular square prism’, or ‘thinking outside the regular hexahedron’? We spend so much of our lives inside rectangular prisms and we are constantly encouraged to think outside of them.
Oliver Bowles has a dream... If every teacher across the land had their own website, on which they made all their resources available...
Correlation Street is a mixture of what happens, what I would like to happen, and what I am glad does not happen in my classroom.
ATM is included in discussions about the format of assessment with the examination boards and trials have now begun.
Meanwhile, hundreds of miles north I am about to start week 10 of a 12-week term – no half terms here, but at least it is getting lighter.
Puzzles from Phil Dodds, Colin Foster and Derek Ball.