Results for "problem solving" (101)

Enriching mathematics with the wonder of engineering

A career in engineering is exciting, rewarding and highly creative. Yet there is a big shortage of young people that think it could be a job for them.The Year of Engineering aims to celebrate the world and wonder of engineering. It forms an important part of the UK Industrial Strategy, which is committed to boosting engineering across the country, ensuring...

How being an apprentice changed my life

Being a Trainee Laboratory Technician at STEM Learning is inspirational to say the least.Every day is an opportunity to learn, whether it be through asking questions, attending the many exciting courses on offer within the National STEM Learning Centre, or discovering and researching new ways to represent ideas around the STEM subjects.During my first year...

Teaching A level mathematics: generating discussions and increasing confidence

Teaching A level mathematics can be difficult, especially when you have little experience of teaching the subject. We chatted to Alex Cameron, a teacher at Bentley Wood High School in Harrow, who explains the impact that our New to teaching A level mathematics summer school has had on him and his students.Tell us a bit about yourself – where do you...

Time saving ideas for making great secondary mathematics resources

A lot has been written about this year’s mathematics GCSE examination results- what will the grade boundaries be? What is a good pass? How might post-16 take up be affected? No matter how your students fared this year no doubt new efforts are being made to best prepare your future cohorts for the demands of the new GCSE examinations.September will be the...

The twelve resources of ChristMATHS

STEM Learning's Christmas present to you is a collection of the best Christmas-themed mathematics resources to get your students really thinking about mathematics in the festive period.  1. The 12 days of ChristmasHow many presents did ‘my true love’ give altogether in the song? How many French Hens? These, and other innovative questions, are...

How to introduce STEM competitions into design and technology

STEM competitions provide a huge opportunity for teachers and technicians to engage and enthuse students. They are fun, help students to cement new friendships, develop their CV experience and their ability to problem solve real-life challenges.The benefits are not just limited to students - as a teacher, you can trial new content with smaller groups, with...

Core Maths: the most significant development in post-16 mathematics education in a generation

Agreeing to support the work of Core Maths is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has been, and continues to be, a huge privilege to support Core Maths and the many wonderful practitioners I have met along the way.But for me, this is only the end of the beginning with so much more support needed for Core Maths.Back in January 2014, I knew very...

As subject leaders, how do you support your colleagues in their individual professional development?

As a mathematics subject leader, I often wonder about the most effective ways to offer support to individual colleagues which will have long term impact. My current favoured approach is to use collaborative projects, based on the Japanese Lesson Model, where teachers are able to plan, teach and evaluate as a team, whilst focusing on their own developmental...

What do your A level mathematics lessons look like?

When studying for my A levels, especially in mathematics, lessons usually followed a set routine. New information and examples were written up on the board to be copied down, then using the methods presented at the beginning of the lesson, the class set about attempting to solve a series of similar problems from the textbook. Often, this monotonous way of...

Get the support you need to teach the new A level mathematics curriculum

In September 2017, hot on the heels of the new GCSE, changes to the mathematics A level specifications came into effect.In the new A level, all students are required to study Pure mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. In addition, three overarching themes of Mathematical Argument and Proof, Problem Solving, and Mathematical Modelling must be applied across...

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