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Conference Primary Maths Day
By popular demand, ATM Conference 2011 includes a Primary Day, specifically aimed at primary practitioners.
There are many professional development opportunities for primary years teachers at the ATM Conference.However, we have deliberately placed the most attractive workshops and sessions on one day for those that can only spare one day away.
Primary teachers and educators are invited to come on the Tuesday of Conference week (Tue 19 Apr 2011) and select from a rich set of sessions specifically aimed at Early Years and Primary mathematics teaching.
We have also introduced a special rate for just the day for these Primary Years sessions: just £120.00 for a full day of professional development with lunch and time to visit the many exhibitor stands.
You can also take advantage of very reasonable rates for overnight bed and breakfast on Monday or Tuesday nights (or both). Contact the office direct after booking a place.
ATM Professional Development Conference 2011
The ATM Conference is the best professional development you can get .
Make sure you get your place on one of the best professional development opportunities in maths education from pre-school to higher education.
Don't take our word for it - you can see people talking (correction: enthusing) about it here.
It's all about the sessions and workshops
The people running sessions within the Gattegno Strand have identified that a part or the whole of their session will have some relation to the work of Caleb Gattegno. Given the theme of the conference we felt that it may be helpful this year for conference members to be able to identify this link more explicitly within the session programme. It is important to note that this does not mean that other sessions within the programme will not be influenced by Gattegno as over the years many sessions at ATM conferences have had this influence.
Mathematics Teaching 221 now available online
The latest edition of Mathematics Teaching 220i is now available online.
RISP: Circles or not? - Jonny Griffiths: In MT220i Jonny’s RISP was entitled Circle Property, he also provided one of the hexagon features entitled Three Circles. In this RISP he continues with the circle theme.
Spin the wheels - John Crichett: We can apply any modulo system to the Fibonacci series. Regardless of the system used, the numbers in the series will eventually repeat, thus creating a cycle.
Capturing the learning - Janine Blinko: Janine Blinko explores building evidence of mathematical understanding from assessments of responses to ‘open tasks’.
Mathematics and aesthetics - Gursel Guler, Seyfullah Hizarci and Abdullah Kaplan: Mathematics is an cumulative art that is characterised by arrangement and cohesion.
From primary to secondary - Lyn Anderson: All teachers should spend some time teaching in other key stages as both have much to offer towards the professional development of their counterparts.
Ugandan mathematics: an unsolvable problem? - Tobias Eveleigh: Creating change, developing teaching styles, and working for a charity are some of the challenges I have faced over the last month.
Finding conjectures using Geometer’s Sketchpad - Scott Fallstrom and Marion Walter: Conjectures, theorems, and problems in print often appear to come out of nowhere. Scott Fallstrom and Marion Walter describe how their thinking and conjectures evolved; they try to show how collaboration helped expand their ideas. By showing the results from working together, they hope readers will encourage collaboration amongst their students.
News from the web - Marten Gallagher: We have recently introduced the grade ‘Associate’. Let’s start at the beginning...
Painting a picture of numeracy - David Gibson: I think you will find that they love it. Let’s face it, how many teachers can say that their students actually love long multiplication?
Some positive aspects of a three-part lesson - Mark Pepper: It is to be hoped that mental maths will continue to be a crucial part of mathematics lessons.
Teaching the weather - Met Office: The Met Office has a full range of educational web-based resources available, all of which have been tailored to complement school curriculums.
Mental calculation: why don’t they get it? - Ian Thompson: Ever since ‘mental arithmetic’ was updated to ‘mental calculation’ official documents have succeeded in perpetuating several basic misconceptions and misunderstandings
Fashion, paper dolls and multiplicatives - Suzana Kaori Ura, Alzira C M Stein-Barana and Deisy P Munhoz: The authors share the resources they have been developing to facilitate the understanding of multiplication.
How to mislead, in a legal, decent, honest and truthful kind of way - Dietmar Küchemann: The ASA letter suggests that we citizens are canny enough to see past light-hearted subterfuge.
Mystery person - Tom O’Brien and Chris Wallach: The games involve generating new knowledge from old with logical certainty. This activity, inference, is at the heart of being human.
Topological characters in geometrical thinking - Abdullah Kaplan, A Cihan Konyalioglu and Seyfullah Hizarci: Some think that topology and the like will be useless when they become teachers. We think this is an incorrect assumption.
The lure of algorithms - Michael Drake: Algorithms are designed as elegant notations by people who understand the process being presented, so tend to be useful for people with similar levels of understanding, or for people drilled in their use.
Bowland maths: the CPD modules - Alice Onion: It is recognised that using and applying mathematics is the least well taught aspect of the mathematics curriculum.
Magic squares - Joe Hussey and Travis Blackman: The mystery and genius of magic squares is truly comparable to other subjects and has proved to be inspiring to my classes.
The future of MT/MTi - Jayne Stansfield: General Council commissioned a journal survey to consider the future of MT and MTi after 2 years of the trial period. Here Jayne Stansfield outlines the conclusions that were reached by General Council.
News from ATM - John White: When the civil servants drew this White Paper together, they appear to have neglected to look at certain key indicators.
RISP – commentary - Jonny Griffiths: What to do? Explore the glitch in my thinking there and then, or keep the thread of the lesson going?
ATM Annual General Meeting
The 2011 Annual General Meeting of ATM will held during the ATM Conference at Telford.
The 2011 AGM Papers: Notice, Agenda, Proposals for Resolutions (Motions) Request, Nominations to GC Request are now available.
The deadline for nominations/motions is 06 Mar 2011.
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