Conference Takeaways: BCME – Day 2

Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This podcast comes live from the end of Day 2 at the BCME Maths Conference 2018. It is recorded with my co-host Jo Morgan (@mathsjem on Twitter and the creator of the online bible of maths resources, resourceaholic.com) . This episode we discuss…

1.  Challenging topics in GCSE maths – Carol Knights
2. A brief history of problem solving (1982 – 2017) – Paul Metcalf
3. Changes to mathematics education in Englad – Charlie Stripp
4. Using manipulatives in secondary maths – Michael Anderson
5.  Pop-up maths – David Sharpe
6.  Developing excellent in mathematics – Simon Singh
7.  Fact and fiction in the history of mathematics – David Acheson
8.  Why exams do not tell you what your students know – Andrew Taylor and me
9. The big one… our quiz team

Links to Simon Singh’s materials: goodthinkingsociety.org and  parallel.org.uk

A few photos from the history of problem solving session:



The link to the wonderful Dominoes resource on the STEM Centre is here: https://www.stem.org.uk/elibrary/resource/35317

And a few photos from that session:



Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
Craig Barton

I am a maths teacher, currently teaching at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, UK. Here are links to some of my work:
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One thought on “Conference Takeaways: BCME – Day 2

  1. As a teacher in Australia, I was surprised to here your brief comments about the “time” button on our calculators. This is actually an angle button -it usually starts with the degrees symbol (not a dot as mentioned and older calculators even have it as a DMS button so it can be used for degrees minutes and seconds) [my understanding is that historically angles were first split into degrees then minutes and seconds and then later as the angles were being used to calculate time it picked up the same divisions for hours, minutes and seconds]
    Our syllabus requires most students in years 9-10 to learn to break degrees into minutes and seconds rather than having decimal degrees, but I guess yours does not.

    We also teach students to use it whenever it is helpful to work with time calculations.

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