Some BCME9 Thoughts

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I spent Tuesday-Friday at the University of Warwick for the 9th BCME conference. I reckon there’s at least twenty blog posts worth of material from the conversations, thoughts, problems and games of the last few days, the most important of which is that I really need to get into the habit of writing more about maths and maths ed. It has taken me a long time to realise that I have worthwhile things to add to the conversation, and that my community appreciates my contributions even if not everyone agrees with me!

Here are some ideas that I will try to find the time to blog about and flesh out a bit over the next few days:

  1. The importance of play and playfulness in mathematics education at all ages
  2. The tensions that are introduced by high stakes assessment
  3. Public perception of what mathematics is and what mathematics teaching should achieve
  4. The role of computers and calculators
  5. How to engage in respectful dialogue and find common ground when talking about emotive topics within maths ed (and how to pick your battles)
  6. Diversity and representation
  7. How to run a quiz without controversy (or The Time I Lost a Tie Break but am Not Bitter, honest)…

For the most part, the people I talked to at BCME are on the same page as me, trying to improve maths understanding, trying to instill a love of and enjoyment for mathematics, trying to change the notion that maths is for a select few (and that you need grey hair and a white beard to do it…) and I hope by blogging and continuing to tweet I can be part of the ongoing conversations that started last week. Let’s make the world a better place, one maths classroom at a time!

 

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One Response to “Some BCME9 Thoughts”

  1. Playful Maths | Alison Kiddle's NRICH blog Says:

    […] Thoughts about maths, education, and working for NRICH « Some BCME9 Thoughts […]

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