mathematics

Simon Norton obituary | Education

Simon Norton, who has died of a heart attack aged 66, was a world-class mathematician sometimes mistaken for a homeless man. In the late 1960s he represented Britain at the International Mathematical Olympiads three times, scoring the top grade each time, once with 100%, another time with 99%, and winning a special prize for the elegance of his solutions. What made his work beautiful was not its complexity but its simplicity. Without drafts or false starts, he laid down his…

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Edtech Tools for SPED, Math, and Reading – Education Article

Over the past two years, I have been blessed to partner with District 205 in Elmhurst, IL. I still vividly remember having lunch with Dave Moyer, the superintendent, where he explained in detail the vision that had been set for the district, centered around the six C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, character, citizenship). It was at this time that the decision was made for me to assist. The overall goal and focus of the partnership have been to help…

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Words you can write on a calculator | Education

I own a Casio fx-85gt plus. It can perform 260 functions in less than a second, it can tell me when I’ve got a recurring decimal and it has a slide-on protective cover so that the buttons don’t get pressed when it’s in my bag. And even if the buttons do get pressed, I’ve got two-way power – solar and battery – so I’m sorted. But as soon as I bought it I was disappointed. If I happened to be bored…

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How Many? A Counting Book – Education Article

How Many? A Counting BookBy Christopher Danielson(Stenhouse, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Michael DiClemente Is it strange to have a middle school history teacher review a book about math? I requested to review How Many? for a slightly selfish reason. I am the father of two girls, six and two, and I love helping them discover new things and encouraging them to be curious about the world. As my older daughter was going through kindergarten, we felt comfortable with the reading…

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How good are you at GCSE maths? Take our quiz | Education

If you haven’t done a maths exam for a while, or had anyone living with you who is studying for one, you might be curious about what goes into a GCSE maths paper these days. Here’s a chance to test yourself with these 20 questions taken from last year’s real papers. We can’t replicate exam conditions. In the real world, pupils taking GCSE maths have to sit four-and-a-half hours of exams. Ninety minutes of that is a paper for which…

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Countdown to Launching the Lingo of Math – Education Article

By Pam Koutrakos Perpendicular. Ratio. Integer. Function. Simplify. Math, like every part of our day, is laden with lingo. For some students, this makes problem solving intimidating. When we see students trying to tackle this challenge, we need to take action. We can strategically teach middle grades learners to talk and jot about their math thinking with expertise and confidence. Like a rocket launch, there will undoubtedly be plenty of ongoing, personalized checkpoints. However, here is a streamlined, easily replicable…

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Science and language teachers to get £9,000 ‘staying on’ bonus | Education

New science and modern languages teachers in England will receive “staying on” bonuses of up to £9,000 from next year, as the government announced a fresh round of trainee bursaries and scholarships on the heels of pre-election pay rises and increased school funding. The Department for Education (DfE) said that from 2020, new teachers with degrees in physics or chemistry, or in languages such as French or Spanish, would join those with maths degrees in being eligible for “early-career payments”…

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Stephen Siklos obituary | Education

My friend and colleague Stephen Siklos, who has died aged 69 after suffering from cancer, did more than anyone to make the Cambridge entrance examination in mathematics accessible to students whatever their school background. In 1987 he played a central role in setting up Step, the Sixth Term Examination Paper that mathematical applicants to Cambridge, Warwick and some other universities must sit, and oversaw it for the next 32 years. His book Advanced Problems in Mathematics (2016), which is available…

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How Many? A Counting Book – Education Article

How Many? A Counting BookBy Christopher Danielson(Stenhouse, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Linda Biondi How Many? A Counting Book by Christopher Danielson is a bundle (student/teacher versions) that teaches students to expand their thinking about numbers. Before you say, “Not another counting book,” let me tell you that this book and the accompanying teacher’s guide is not your traditional counting book. The format and premise is deceptively simple, but it’s rated for grades K-12 for a reason! (If you’ve…

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Letter: Rosamund Sutherland obituary | Education

Rosamund Sutherland undertook important work on the teaching of algebra in schools. The report that she produced in 1997 as the chair of the Royal Society/Joint Mathematical Council working group was influential in shaping the 1999 national curriculum review in mathematics. I was one of the members of the mathematics team at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) that had the responsibility for writing this curriculum. Ros worked very closely with us and helped shape the final form of the…

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AZ – SB 1051 – The High-Quality Teacher Pilot Program – Education Article

SB1038 came about because Arizona schools were no longer offering physics. As teachers left, schools chose to eliminate programs as there was no one to teach this subject. We eventually got down to 159 certified and active physics teachers teaching in Arizona schools, both public and private. A new bill hitting the capitol this month, SB 1051 will seek to extend SB 1038.  It will give us the ability to collect more data on longevity and teacher retention and help…

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Miles and Miles of Math by Alyson Parenteau… – Education Article

Miles and Miles of Mathby Alyson ParenteauScience Technology Magnet High School | New London, CT As a math teacher, the most common question my students ask is, “When am I ever going to use this?” In response, I’ve organized Making Math Career Connections days, when community members come into the classroom and tell us how they use math in their lives.  Engineers, computer scientists, members of the military, medical professionals and business people talk about how they use math in their…

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