We are currently inviting proposals for workshops for the SMC Conference 2018. If you would like to offer a presentation or activity then please complete the workshop information sheet (.doc) and return it to the Conference Organiser, Mr Stephen Watters (Stephen.Watters@glasgow.gov.uk) by 25 December 2017.
The programme of events for Maths Week Scotland has now been published (and is continuing to grow!) We’d like to flag up a couple of events in particular.
- Maths is BEST! A lecture by the inimitable Prof. Adam McBride, to be hosted by UWS (Paisley) on Tuesday 12 September. For details and tickets: https://mathsisbest.eventbrite.co.uk.
- The SMC’s own Chris Smith has devised a Scottish version of maths competition Mathématiques sans Frontières called “Maths wi nae Borders” for sharing across schools – this will be featured on the Maths Week Scotland website shortly.
If there are other events you’d like to see publicised, please let us know by email or Twitter (@scottishmaths).
The Global Math[s] Project has an event coming up in October which may be of interest to many. (Note that the Scottish Ambassador for the Project is SMC’s own Chris Smith.) Full details from their news release:
Coming in October… Global Math Week!
The Global Math Project aims to engage students and teachers around the world in thinking and talking about the same appealing piece of mathematics during a series of annual Global Math Weeks. Inspired by the work of code.org, which makes coding accessible for millions of students across the globe, the GMP team will share the inherent joy, wonder, relevance, and meaning of mathematics with students everywhere and create a forum for the global celebration of creative mathematical thinking.
What Happens During Global Math Week?
The very first Global Math Week takes place this fall. Beginning October 10, 2017, one million students will experience Exploding Dots, a popular topic developed by Global Math Project founding team member James Tanton. During Global Math Week itself, teachers and other math leaders are asked to commit to spending the equivalent of one class period on Exploding Dots and to share their students’ experience with the Global Math Project community through social media. Teachers can choose a low-technology presentation format by using downloadable pdf lesson plans as a guide. Alternatively, they can opt for a technology-intensive experience, developed by the Canadian education technology company Scolab, which will consist of a collection of visually appealing “islands” representing Exploding Dots topics. For those who wish to delve deeper, additional materials will be freely available on the Global Math Project website to support further exploration of place value, arithmetic algorithms, negative numbers, alternative bases, polynomials, formal infinite series, and more.
How Can I Get Involved?
Consider becoming involved in some or all of the following ways:
- Encourage your colleagues to register for Global Math Week, and to spread the word.
- Become an official Global Math Project Ambassador and help build participation by posting on social media and helping organize local events.
- Host an Exploding Dots training session for educators in your area.
See mathematics like you’ve never seen it before and take part in a global conversation. Get started at http://gmw.globalmathproject.org.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education, which includes SMC representation, has published a paper on teacher workforce planning for Scotland’s schools. You can read the full report below or on the RSE’s website.
The SMC is pleased to announce that it will provide a bursary of up to £300 for each of five teachers or educationalists to attend the ninth British Congress of Mathematics Education which will take place at the University of Warwick, 3-6 April 2018. Held every four years under the auspices of the Joint Mathematical Council of the UK, BCME is a gathering of all the UK bodies that support mathematics learning and teaching, bodies including The Mathematical Association, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, the Royal Statistical Society, the Edinburgh and London Mathematical Societies, the IMA, … The Congress promises to inform, challenge, refresh and entertain, and is certainly not to be missed. For more details, go to www.bcme.org.uk.
If you are interested in applying for one of these SMC bursaries, please write to the SMC Chair:
Dr Chris Pritchard
14 Livingstone Avenue
The letter should include your name, designation, and contact details (postal and email), together with a brief justification for your application. The extended closing date for receipt of applications is 15 December 2017.
Should your application prove successful, we ask that in return you write an article for either the SMC Journal or the SMC Primary Journal, or else you give a presentation at the SMC Conference.