Magazine article Mathematics Teaching

Editorial

Magazine article Mathematics Teaching

Editorial

Article excerpt

In this issue we have two conference articles. First, Doug Williams' opening plenary entitled Mathematics Education is not an Enigma. This was a long and interesting session, so we will feature it in two parts, with part 2 published in MT231. The other piece is the mid-conference plenary by Barbara Ball, Kath Cross and George Knights, entitled Cockcroft 30 Years On.

As the July issue was a Geometry Special it is perhaps unsurprising that we have several articles with a Number and Algebra theme. Daniele Vasile worked from her students' starting point for Algebra Student-generated equations, and then asked them to come up with a difficult equation - surprising things things happen when students are invited to be inventive and creative. In MT229, What is the risk of major surgery? Geoff Faux wrote a quick response to the new draft National Curriculum for Mathematics, taking a broad overview. Ian Thompson writes a response where he considers the detail of what The Draft National Curriculum for Primary Mathematics might mean in terms of pedagogy. What are the positives, and what are the more negative aspects of the documentation. What might be your view, as a classroom teacher who will have to work with the proposals? …

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