Magazine article Mathematics Teaching

A Comic Dilemma: A Visit to a Boy's Secondary Modern School

Magazine article Mathematics Teaching

A Comic Dilemma: A Visit to a Boy's Secondary Modern School

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Joined a class halfway through and went to sit on a chair (at the back of the first aisle) that had been placed between two desks. (The boys were sitting in single rows.) The teacher was working at the board and the pupils were copying things down. There were no questions to the boys and the teacher rarely turned round.

The boy on my right (in the back corner) was coming to the end of his exercise book and was looking anxious. He would need a new book, but it would be difficult to attract the teacher's attention - and embarrassing to interrupt the exposition.

As I could see that the boy was getting increasingly anxious I offered him a sheet of my paper. (This was early in my HMI career and HMI were part of the DES. The paper in my clipboard was the official one with the Civil Service crest. …

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