Mathematical Miscellany #25

dates as operations 2019Have a look at the latest newsletter from Simon Job’s MathsLinks, Don’t just write the date this year – write it as a number sentence using the digits of the date in order.

dynamic calculusA brilliant resource shared on MathsLinks here – Dynamic Calculus, a collection of interactive learning objects for teaching calculus. This is an HTML version, there is no reliance on the Java version of GeoGebra and no use of Flash.

Or try Errors in Measurement, a very clear GeoGebra resource.
errors in measurement

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I do like the ClassWiz calculator and have been collecting some useful videos from the excellent Calculator Guide on this page, many of which I have shown students in class. Checking some ClassWiz resources from the Calculator Guide, a happy discovery, Learning Mathematics with Classwiz, a free ebook by Barry Kissane; all you ever wanted to know about the calculator with exercises, activities and notes for teachers.


stem jobs
MEI (thank you) alerted me to this poster – 100 jobs in STEM! This poster and many other careers resources are available from Tomorrow’s Engineers. Looking at the UK Statutory Careers Guidance we see that schools should link curriculum learning to careers. We have the brilliant Maths Careers site to help us here.
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Look at all the events available through The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP); the events include free online courses for teachers in state-funded schools and colleges in England.

amsp courses

AMSP On Demand Professional Development

Use the Event format dropdown menu for event types, one type is On Demand Professional Development; teachers can access the materials at any time over a period of up to one year. I have signed up to ‘Preparing your students for the MAT and the TMUA’ course myself; the materials I have looked at to date are excellent. In each unit short videos guide teachers through the ideas of the topic along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Forums are provided for teachers to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material and all the forums are monitored by an expert tutor who will respond to queries.


A reminder that the AMSP Problem Solving Competition closes 1st February and is for any students in Years 7 to 11. Can your students solve a vexing vexillology problem? Full details are available on the AMSP competition page.