Throughout this module, we have often been asked to reflect on our own experiences of learning mathematics at school and my memories are almost exclusively textbooks in the classroom and being excited that you had filled all of the squared paper in your jotter. Fast forward 15 years or so to ‘Miss Duncan’ teaching mathematics […] Continue reading →
November 2, 2018
by Rachel Billes Comments Off on “Not long to go, we’ll just get through it”
It is fair to say that I have not engaged with blogging as an activity for quite some time now, however I personally believe that this is a topical issue worth sharing some insight into. As the title partly implies, this is my last year of teacher training and I am going to be perfectly […] Continue reading →
November 2, 2018
by Chloe Newton Comments Off on 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 30, 2018
by Jack Harris Comments Off on 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 29, 2018
by Hannah Robertson Comments Off on Face, Maths and Evolution. How does it all mix?
Would you believe me if I said that mathematics can judge your facial proportion? Well unfortunately it can in a very accurate and understandable way. In our most recent input for our Discovering Mathematics module we unearthed how to draw a face accurately. For myself I have always had a creative ambition and enthusiasm, but …
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 24, 2018
by Iain Thomson Comments Off on Wake up! Grab a brush and put on a little (lot of) makeup!
While driving home from university, an interesting program came on the radio regarding the makeup industry (You and Yours, Radio 4, 27:45). Whereas, the radio show was reporting on the business and economics of the industry, I could not stop thinking about the pressure that this industry puts on young women of all ages. The […] Continue reading →
October 10, 2018
by Kara Herzog Comments Off on Doctor Who?
Time Travel – a Doctor Who-esque phenomenon that has been a fantasy to many for thousands of years. But it turns out that we have been doing it all along. How? You might ask. The answer is simply light, the five-letter word that we all take for granted. Light has been enabling us to see […] Continue reading →
October 9, 2018
by Eilidh Carlisle Comments Off on The Expressive Arts and How It Saved Me
32 hours – give or take – after yesterday’s lecture on the expressive arts and I still cannot stop thinking about it. I knew this lecture would resonate with me particularly well as I have triple threat of qualifications in the form as a unit in Advanced Higher Voice, as well as in Higher Drama […] Continue reading →
October 7, 2018
by Rebecca Potter Comments Off on 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 4, 2018
by Heather Brown Comments Off on 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 Katie Nutt Comments Off on The Misconception of health care in Developing countries.
Often when third world countries such as Nigeria, Nepal, India etc are referred to the primary thoughts people have of the country are dangerous, dirty and daunting. Many of the volunteers upon discovering they would be going to Nigeria experienced shock, fear and even the consideration of not going at all. This fear was further […] Continue reading →
September 30, 2018
by Leanne Innes Comments Off on Reflections on Racism
Have we moved that far as a society, in relation to racism, since the 1950’s? It would be easy to say yes, we have come a long way. Before researching this, I would have thought that the majority of attitudes have changed and Britain has become a more inclusive society. As I researched more into […] Continue reading →
September 29, 2018
by Maeve Henderson Comments Off on Racism and Patriarchy Lecture Review
Tuesday lecture on Racism and Patriarchy gave me a lot to think about. The racism aspect of the lecture was the first hour, it involved how racism occurred from the late 18th Century. Derek told us about social construction and how people can use this is used to perpetuate inequalities. We also discussed the Critical […] Continue reading →
September 29, 2018
by Hannah Robertson Comments Off on the maths and creativity sandwich.
Never would I have imagined that myself or anyone could sandwich together maths and creativity. Yet what a wonderful sandwich it is! Realistically, the majority of people would strongly argue against this opening statement, my self being one of them, however let me tell you that it is more than possible. Like most sandwiches it …
After learning about the cognitive and affective domains with regards to learning in an input in my Discovering Maths module, I have been thinking about how maths groups based on ability and their seemingly neutral names may be affecting the way children feel about mathematics. Do ability groups still have a place in a modern classroom? Are there other options? We should have ability groups because… It is almost […] Continue reading →
September 27, 2018
by Melissa Reilly Comments Off on Values Workshop Reflection – Racism and Patriarchy
During this weeks lecture, talking specifically about the history of Racism and Patriarchy, really made me think how much this still goes on today. This lecture was very powerful and emotional as it made you think of the society we live in. It was not that long in the past when genders were divided and […] Continue reading →
September 27, 2018
by Melissa Reilly Comments Off on Values Workshop Relection
Tuesday 18th September During this workshop we were divided into small groups with the aim to come up with a resource that a new student would find useful. Each group was giving a brown envelope which had a variety of objects. In my envelope, there was only one pen, one pencil, two sticky notes, two […] Continue reading →
September 26, 2018
by Megan Blakeman Comments Off on Sociological Imagination – Racism & Patriarchy
In Tuesday’s lecture, racism was a major part of the discussion relating to our sociological imagination. As we looked back to the Civil Rights Movements and the injustice of crimes such as Emmett Till and the acceptance of Jim Crow laws, I realised these historic events were not that long ago. I cannot begin to […] Continue reading →
September 25, 2018
by Gemma Harcus Comments Off on Standing up for justice; standing up for our children.
I sit and write this blog after one of the most thought provoking discussions so far in my university journey. One in which we were discussing theories such as the Montessori, Owen and Frobel perspectives on education. Each being primarily child-centre focused and broadening on aspects of children thriving on their own initiative and creativity. […] Continue reading →