Magazine article Mathematics Teaching

Robin Stewart 1948 - 2011

Magazine article Mathematics Teaching

Robin Stewart 1948 - 2011

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MT Editor 2001 - 2008

Robin jointly edited MT with Helen Williams for seven years, as part of a team with Geoff Dunn and later Colin Foster , working closely throughout with David Cutting , the designer and Marten Gallagher , web designer.

Helen writes:

I first met Robin when Geoff invited me to collaborate in bidding for the MT editorship in 2000. At the time, he was teaching in St Austell with Geoff. I wondered who this quiet, rather stern man was. I grew to know him as astute and intelligent, a man of few words, with a wicked sense of humour. As an editor he was scrupulous, and as a colleague he was entirely trustworthy and sincere; reserving judgement but suffering neither fools nor foolish diktats. Famously, he reserved judgement on joining ATM until becoming editor, ever after attending close on every GC meeting in Derby, travelling all the way from his home in Northern Ireland, rising at some ungodly hour to arrive in time. He spoke his mind quietly; calmly saying when you were adrift. Robin had an eye for a writer and a good article, working patiently and painstakingly to bring a piece of writing to life. We all found him an absolute pleasure to work with.

Geoff writes:

Robin escaped Ireland for Cornwall with an English degree from Dublin University. He was working behind the bar in a pub in Par when he noticed an advert for a temporary teacher at a local secondary school (later Penrice Community College). He got the job and became a special needs teacher, subsequently taking charge of the department. He became a year head and in the headteacher's opinion was the "best pastoral practitioner I have ever seen"?. Robin taught many lower attaining groups, including mathematics, for many years. He became deputy headteacher but still had the time and skills to accept the challenge of teaching the higher sets in mathematics. …

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