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November 16, 2018
by Amy Stephen
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Should maths be taught inside the classroom?

Mathematics, from personal experience, is a subject I believed I would never need outside of school. Equations and formula’s were driven into my brain and were taught from a textbook. I certainly did not find it pleasurable, useful or important. Ma (2010, p. 104) wrote that basic ideas within mathematics are “simple but powerful basic […] Continue reading

November 7, 2018
by Morgan Watt
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Can Mathematics be Beautiful?

Maths, beautiful? Before I would have never of put these two words in the same sentence. Now I will say maths can be beautiful. After allowing myself to really understand how this can be and how maths can make things more pleasing to the eye I can put maths and beautiful together. The Rule of […] Continue reading

November 7, 2018
by Chloe Davidson
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Stepping into the light of modern languages

I have always felt guilty whilst visiting other countries that most of the natives can speak conversational English, when I can barely speak a word of their language. I believe this has allowed English speakers to become lazy and too comfortable in their own culture. We should explore different languages and cultures to fully engage …

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November 6, 2018
by Betty Malley
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I want to help you, but you need to tell me how.

When facing social injustices, such as a child failing due to their family life/background, or due to them not having a good support system out with the school environment, as a teacher, you cannot give up on the child whatsoever. I am fully aware that what I have just stated seems like the complete obvious, […] Continue reading

November 6, 2018
by Morgan Watt
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Could the Curriculum for Excellence be a ‘Sunk Cost’?

Could the Curriculum for Excellence be a ‘Sunk Cost’’? The aim of Curriculum for excellence and the reason it was put in place was to help children and young people, across Scotland, gain knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life as well as the skills needed for learning and work (Education Scotland, 2018). The Curriculum […] Continue reading

November 2, 2018
by Chloe Newton
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The Beauty of Mathematics

CAN MATHEMATICS BE BEAUTIFUL? If you take a look inside a child’s math jotter you will most likely find some numbers written on parallel lines to form equations and answers. But, is it possible to use math to form or create something which is not numbers based? Can we create something more exciting and creative […] Continue reading

October 31, 2018
by Maeve Henderson
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Visit to Flexible Childcare Services

On Monday my group visited the Flexible Childcare services in Dundee. This organisation runs a day-care centre for children ranging from babies to sixteen year olds. However there is no set price per child, the cost of the child care depends on the parents income. Therefore this makes this organisation unique from others as it […] Continue reading

October 30, 2018
by Jack Harris
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Weight a second… Mathematics can improve fitness?

With only 60 days left until Christmas, before we know it we will be sitting down to think about our new year resolutions. This year I had the stereotypical goal of joining the gym and sticking at it for longer than most of us tend to do. To this day I still attend the gym […] Continue reading

October 27, 2018
by Kara Herzog
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Stick or Twist

Gambling – the activity or practice of playing at a game of chance for money (Dictionary.com). But are we really playing by chance? Let’s find out. First let’s discover what chance is; Chance is the possibility of something happening (oxford dictionary). It can also be described more mathematically as probability.Say you have a coin. It […] Continue reading

October 25, 2018
by Chloe Newton
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Space is big, really REALLY big

One of the ways that teachers across Scotland are trying to encourage positive affective domains within children in their maths is by making it more relevant. By applying mathematical concepts to everyday real life concepts, we can encourage children to appreciate the application of maths in society. For example, as teachers we cover a range […] Continue reading

October 22, 2018
by Jack Harris
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Do we ‘Place Value’ on our understanding of Mathematics?

During my time on placement, the aim of one of my group lessons was to teach the children who were ‘struggling’ all they needed to know about place value in one 30-minute slot. Simple right?… Armed with white boards and place value blocks we headed to the group study area where I could begin my […] Continue reading

October 22, 2018
by Claire Smith
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Hobbies – and Work: Don’t Let Your Job Break the Seesaw!

University is a new chapter in life. Close school: open socialising, parties and lectures, of course! After sixth year, I was totally – and utterly – DONE with carrying round Costa cups, chasing after first years and scribbling ‘tick the box’ assignments. The days of fifth year saw my writing wrist almost in a sling… … Continue reading “Hobbies – and Work: Don’t Let Your Job Break the Seesaw!” Continue reading

October 17, 2018
by Isla Campbell
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Chance and Probability

What is the odds that you’ll win a toy playing the ‘claw’ arcade game? Probability, Odds and Random Chance. Probability is the likelihood or chance that something will happen. Probability is an estimate of the relative average frequency with which an event occurs in repeated independent trials. Probability:  The probability is how likely something is to … Continue reading Chance and Probability Continue reading

October 13, 2018
by Kirsten Elliot
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‘No More Boys and Girls’ – A Lesson on Gender Stereotyping

If you were asked to buy clothes for a child, it’s hard to break away from the instinct to associate the colours blue for a boy and pink for a girl. Similarly, when asked to picture a toy that would appeal more towards a boy or a girl, I know that, in my case, I […] Continue reading

October 10, 2018
by Isla Campbell
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Does mathematics come easy to everyone?

What can impact the learning of mathematics in the classroom? To truely understand this question we must delve into the minds of children today. Children today have the right to learn maths in their own time and at their own speed which means that it can be difficult to comprehend if some children truly find … Continue reading Does mathematics come easy to everyone? Continue reading

October 9, 2018
by Rebecca Potter
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Teaching New Phrases – French

French was never my strong point at school. I felt that I didn’t have the underlining and basic skills to forward my development and therefore the subject broke down for me. In Scotland, we are now introducing a second language in Primary 1. This is a positive means of having the underlining basis of a […] Continue reading

October 7, 2018
by Rebecca Potter
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What is a Number?

We come into contact with numbers every day. Time, working out how many portions of dinner we’ll need to make or simply “hey what’s your number?”. But have we ever taken the time to think, what is a number and why do we even use them? My first question is, why does the number three […] Continue reading

October 5, 2018
by Andrew Graham
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Old ways won’t open new doors

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending an introductory session on autism through Elaine Smith from Autism Scotland. This session was organised by the Education Society and proved an extremely valuable experience to learn about a topic that, although I have heard small pockets of information, I had little knowledge of. This wasn’t through intended […] Continue reading

October 4, 2018
by Heather Brown
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The ever-changing society who is incapable of change.

This week, our Value’s lecture really hit me hard. Not purely based on the content– the history of the Civil Right movement and that of feminism, is not new to me. Most of us would have heard the horrors through school and so forth, but it is scary how used to it I was hearing the […] Continue reading

October 4, 2018
by Emma Jarvie
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Racism is everywhere

Before my lecture on racism, I always thought the minority of people were racist, because it was rare for people to verbally and physically attack people, due to their race. However, it wasn’t until this lecture that I realised how complex racism is. Firstly, I learnt that cultural and institutional racism does impact peoples’ individual […] Continue reading

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