Maths Conference - #Mathsconf13

mathsconf13 maths conference with mark mccourt

Wow, what an amazing weekend! The La Salle Education maths team excelled themselves again. Thank you to @LaSalleEd team and Mark (@EmathsUK) for another amazing conference #mathsconf13.

Rob Smith (@RJS2212) deserves a special thanks as well for his dedication to selling raffle tickets and also the amazing tuck shop!

The conference raised a £2000 for Macmillan Cancer today, thanks to the donations of all attendees and a significant donation to round the sum up by Mark.

400 maths teachers gathered on a Saturday morning ready for the maths conference to begin. As usual you could feel the excitement in the room. This time though there was a palpable buzz as people waited for Matt Parker (@Standupmaths) to take the stage.

Mathsconf13 - The Beginning 

Mark McCourt and Andrew Taylor (@AQAMaths) opened the conference in the usual style with Andrew talking us through what this summer's Maths GCSE results looked like for post 16 entrants. Theses results appeared to be very similar to previous years. He was positive but curious about why about several post 16 entrants chose to sit the now 9-1 GCSE instead of the old A*- G GCSE when they didn't have to.

Andrew had the pleasure of introducing Matt Parker to the stage. Matt Parker instantly had us smiling and laughing bright and early on a Saturday morning. He showed us that a picture is just a very large excel spreadsheet.  This resources can be found here on his amazing website Think Maths alongside many other free maths resources. On here you can make any picture into a spreadsheet.

There are some amazing events and resources on offer from Matt Parker and his maths friends for schools. These include

Maths Inspiration EventsMaths FestMaths in Action EventsThink Maths WebsiteNumberphile - YoutubeStandup Maths - Youtube and Maths Jams.

Matt Parker was also kind enough to share one of his guilty pleasures with us. His guilty pleasure was the discovery last year of the largest prime number which is millions of digits long.

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Maths Tweacher A to Z Mathsconf5 Tweet up

Wow, what an amazing weekend this has been with #mathsconf5 being another huge success thanks to La Salle Education. 

Thank you to everybody who came to my session especially those who had to stand or sit on the floor. I hope you all managed to take at least one idea away. I will be tweeting more about maths conference next week however I feel the information gained from the tweet up can't be missed. 

Caution those of a sensitive disposition please look away now, you are about to see a list. (Disclaimer the list was a collective work of maths conference delegates and is by no means a comprehensive list.)

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Maths Mastery - #CelebrationofMaths

After the twitter maths teachers, told me last week about #CelebrationofMaths, I signed up late. I have to say I am so glad that I did. I met with the exam board’s @AQAMaths and @OCRMaths to talk about the new exams, resources and specimen papers.  Unfortunately Edexcel didn’t attend the event. It was great to meet the @AQAMaths team in person after recently writing an article for them on why I give all my resources away, BetterMaths.org.uk.

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Wow is the first word that comes to mind to summarise #MathsConf4, which was held in the beautiful and amazing venue of the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. This is my second maths conference event and I came away feeling reinvigorated and truly inspired. Unfortunately I didn't get to go see everything I would of liked because there were too many amazing workshops I wanted to attend. However to me this is the sign of an 'outstanding' conference, when it is hard to make a decision on workshops because they all look amazing. 

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TMOxford, A day with Amjad at Cheney School

In order to make the big Cheney teach meet Amjad kindly offered to host me at his school for the day. I have to say Cheney School is truly impressive with several little touches around the school which are heart-warming to see, from pictures of departmental staff to an ice cream window for the tech service guys. The school has a real strength in supporting the development of students' resilience and respect for each other.

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