Category Archives: Numeracy

DESMOS Support for Practitioners

Desmos is a graphing calculator which millions of students around the world use for free.   Desmos also create activities on top of that calculator, helping students use a powerful tool to experience all the curiosity, beauty, and sense that math has to offer. Those activities were used so often by so many teachers around the world they created an Activity Builder, helping every teacher create digital math activities that equal and exceed the activities they create themselves.

Using this activity builder the National Mathematics Development Group has created online support for the SQA National Qualifications.

Please log on to GLOW and visit our blog which has handy hints and tips for practitioners alongside activities linked to the SQA Assessment Standards for National 5 , Higher and Advanced Higher Mathematics.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/desmosresources/

LEARNING IN CARE REFERENCE TOOL

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This document aims to support care staff working collaboratively with education staff to support children and young people with their learning in the care setting. It recognises that care staff are already supporting children and young people’s learning in care, and aims to provide them with practical examples which will assist services to further improve learning outcomes for children and young people across care and education. The examples of learning experiences which follow are organised in the 3 key curriculum areas which are the responsibility of all: literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.

Click here to open the document as a pdf.

Click here to discuss this in the Inclusion Hub on GLOW.

Countdown to Christmas

holly-161189_960_720 ‘Tis the season to be jolly  holly-161189_960_720

Let’s have a jolly time trying to solve the puzzles on the nrich Advent Calendars

Primary Advent Calendar 2015 

Twenty-four activities, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas. This year, the tasks have been chosen to encourage mathematical creativity.

Secondary Advent Calendar 2015

Explore a task from nrich Wild Maths site on each day in the run up to Christmas.Ho3

 

West Lothian College STEM Manifesto

West Lothian College has pledged to develop  a spirit of innovation, WLC pledgeenterprise and partnership in STEM education and training.  They aim to provide first class and consistent opportunities for all their learners in this area.

The college will focus on a wide range of issues in order to create new and flexible methods of learning to maximise educational outcomes around STEM.  These include giving STEM education a more prominent status, focusing on employment opportunities in this area, raising awareness and promoting  STEM subjects and to develop innovation and entrepreneurial skills in learners.

For more information on the West Lothian College pledge and STEM manifesto please visit www.west-lothian.ac.uk

 

Today (Mon 23rd Nov, 2015) is… Fibonacci Day

Writing November 23rd the American way, we have 1123 – what a coincidence. They are the first four numbers of Fibonacci’s sequence.

Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, is responsible for the Fibonacci Sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) – a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two. As well as being prevalent in nature, this kind of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing, and Fibonacci Day recognises the importance and value of Fibonacci’s contributions to mathematics.

Below is a link to some resources and investigations that can be used in the classroom.

http://nrich.maths.org/public/search.php?search=fibonacci

Numeracy and Mathematics Resources

National Numeracy and Mathematics HubESLogohub

 

The National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub is a virtual learning environment for all practitioners. The Hub provides an innovative approach to career-long professional learning for all practitioners in all sectors. It is an interactive, virtual learning environment which offers practitioners:

  • Professional learning in different aspects of numeracy with a focus on progression, numeracy and mathematics skills, numeracy across learning, assessment and moderation and teaching.
  • Career-long professional learning opportunities of various types such as broadcasts, professional reading and action research.
  • An easy to use environment where you can share and work with colleagues from across Scotland as well as those from your own school or authority​.

Education Scotland website:

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/curriculumareas/mathematics/index.asp

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/learningacrossthecurriculum/responsibilityofall/numeracy/index.asp

Provides practitioners with excellent resources and guidance to help develop learning and teaching in Numeracy and Mathematics including;

 National Numeracy Progression Frameworkprogression – This resource has been created to deepen practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of progression within the experiences and outcomes for numeracy and mathematics. It included progression pathways with key milestones and building blocks for each of the numeracy organisers. Mathematics pathways coming soon, along with previous knowledge and understanding and exemplification.

Professional Learning Resources – These professional learning resources provide guidance and advice to help inform learning and teaching practices in line with the main objectives of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN). There are PLR’s for;

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/curriculumareas/mathematics/index.asp

There is also information on Assessing progress and achievement available which includes professional learning activities and key documents on significant aspects of learning and making good assessment decisions.

Other key links and websites to support the development of Numeracy and Mathematics;

The Journey to Excellence: Examples of innovative and interesting practice. Search ‘mathematics’ or ‘numeracy’ in to the search facility.

TWIG Film list for National 4 and National 5 Qualifications

TWIG Films from website

stem logoSTEM Links

STEM e-bulletin   http://bit.ly/STEMeBulletin

(Up to date news, information, resources and professional learning)

STEM Central in MOTION blog   http://bit.ly/BlogSTEM

(more up to date news on STEM)

STEM Central website http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/stemcentral/

(high quality resources, teaching ideas, videos etc to develop learning experiences relating to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics

Main Contact for Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland:

Lorna Harvey, Acting Senior Education Officer

Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street

Glasgow

G2 8DU

Tel: 0141 282 5119             lorna.harvey@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

 

 

The Secret Life of Numbers

Welcome to the first of a number of posts that explores research in the learning of numeracy and mathematics.

If you have a Glow username, you can contribute to the discussion on our Numeracy & Mathematics Community.

Title Marcus Du Sautoy

The Secret Life of Numbers

Author

 Marcus Du Sautoy

Available online at: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2009/jun/23/maths-marcus-du-sautoy

Summary

The author argues that teachers of mathematics are ‘required to teach a utilitarian and unadventurous curriculum that leaves them no room to explore the creative side of the subject’. He suggests alternative approaches to teaching mathematics that he believes will help learners see mathematics as exciting and imaginative.

Reflective questions

Hint : The link below will take you to the discussion on Glow

Du Sautoy, M. (2009). The secret life of numbers

NNM Hub – Module 4 Session 5 – Mental Agility

Small - Module 4 Session 5Join the Education Scotland Team on Tuesday 3rd November at 4pm to find out more about Mental Agility at Third and Fourth Level.

In this session presented by the Education Scotland Numeracy and Mathematics Team they will be exploring Mental Agility at Third and Fourth Level.

Sign up and register now in Glow TV – NNM Hub – Module 4 Session 5 – Mental Agility

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

NNM – Module 6 – STEM

Small- STEMJoin the Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland on Thursday 29th October at 4pm as they discuss STEM.
In this session you can hear more about STEM from the Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland.

Sign up and register now in Glow TV – NNM – Module 6 – STEM

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

NNM Hub – Module 4 Session 4- Mental Agility

Small - Module 4 Session 4Join the ES Team on Tuesday 27th October at 4pm to find out more about Mental Agility at Second Level.
In this session presented by the Education Scotland Numeracy and Mathematics Team they will be exploring Mental Agility at Second Level.

Sign up and register to take part live in Glow TV – NNM Hub – Module 4 Session 4- Mental Agility

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.