Team Math 2019

A very enjoyable and competitive evening was had by all in Rathdown School on 25th January. Congratulations to the winners Lucan Community College who will, along with 2nd placed Sandford Park School, compete in the final in March. All teams deserve to be credited on their performances in a challenging competition which serves as a useful revision for the mock exams.

January - May 2019 Schedule

Friday January 25th, from 7.30 pm, Rathdown School

Registration for the Dublin regional round of Team Maths is now open.  As always, a very enjoyable evening is expected, with useful revision preparing students for their Mocks.  To register your team(s),click here

Wednesday February 6th, 7.30 – 9.30 pm, Blackrock Education Centre

Sheelagh Clowry – “Further explorations on inferential statistics at Leaving Certificate Higher Level”

Sheelagh’s talk will emphasise the use of ICT programmes to aid in the teaching of this particularly challenging section of the course. It is especially suitable for teachers of LC HL maths or those who would like to consider taking up such a position in the coming years.  

Wednesday March 13th, 7.30-9.30pm (Dominican College, Griffith Avenue)

Pam O’Brien and Neil Butler – “Maths Teachmeet”

People who have heard Pam’s and Neil’s presentations know that they will provide us with intriguing practical ideas for use in class.  For the Teachmeet format, we invite people to share their own good practice via brief presentations.

Thursday, April 11th – 7.30 pm, Trinity College Dublin

AGM with keynote speaker Marcus du Sautoy

This event will of course be free for members but – if there is room – available to others at a fee of €20.  Advance registration will be needed; details to be circulated in the next week.

Meeting on 15th November: “Problem-solving with high ability students in the Irish context” at DWEC, 7.30pm

Our November meeting will be held on Thursday, 15th November, in Dublin West Education Centre at 7.30 pm.  The subject is “Problem-solving with high ability students in the Irish context.”  Drawing on his experience as well as his current research at DCU, Aidan Fitzsimons will talk about using problem-solving as content enrichment (rather than content acceleration), and will discuss how it may benefit high-achieving students within a classroom scenario.

This meeting (and similar ones) may be recognised by your Principal as CPD! We can provide suitable certificates of attendance.

Programme for 2018-2019

Monday 10th September:  Blackrock Education Centre, 7.00- 9.30pm (please note start time)

Review of the State Examination Papers – Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Maths:  The focus is on information from markers that will help teachers prepare their students for the State examinations

Thursday 11th October:  Drumcondra Education Centre, 7.30-9.30pm

JC and learning experiences in 1st year:  As the new Junior Cycle course gets under way, Shane Flanagan, JCT Team Leader for Mathematics, and other experienced teachers will talk about how to approach the new course and share 1st year resources and work plans.

Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st October - 

Maths Week:  see http://www.mathsweek.ie/2018/

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th October:  Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick

MathsFest and IMTA National AGM:  see http://www.mathsfest.ie/

Thursday, 15th November:  Dublin West Education Centre, 7.30-9.30pm

TBC

 Friday 25th January:  Rathdown School, from 7.30pm

Team Maths:  The last Friday in January is the date of the regional round of the annual table quiz for Leaving Certificate students.  Application forms will be circulated later.

Thursday 11th April:  Trinity College Dublin, 7.30- 9.30pm

AGM with keynote speaker Marcus du Sautoy:  more details later

We hope to have presentations on the area of working and planning for Gifted Students in our classrooms and on teaching Inferential Statistics for Leaving Cert Higher Level students. Details to follow. 

Marcus Du Sautoy to address IMTA Members

 

We are thrilled to announce that world-renowned mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy will address members of the IMTA and Irish second level maths students in April 2019. 

Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford where he holds the prestigious Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science and is a Fellow of New College.

Du Sautoy has received several awards for his work including the London Mathematical Society’s Berwick Prize for outstanding mathematical research and the Royal Society of London’s Michael Faraday Prize for ‘excellence in communicating science’. He has been awarded an OBE for his services to science and was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

His mathematical research has covered a great many areas including group theory, number theory and model theory, but he has been equally successful in his promotion of mathematics to the general public. He has published several best-selling, non-academic books and appears regularly on television and radio.

We are privileged to welcome Professor du Sautoy to Dublin On Thursday April 11, 2019 where he will address several second level students in the afternoon. Later in the evening, Marcus will be the key note speaker at the AGM of the Dublin Branch of the IMTA.  

A number of teachers have used du Sautoy's series 'The Story of Maths' in their teaching, particularly with transition year students. More info on that can be found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00dxjls/episodes/guide. The series is available on Netflix. 

More details to follow over the coming weeks, but for now please ensure you keep Thursday, April 11th free in your diary.

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Meeting to provide feedback on the State exams

The usual post-State-exams meeting (to provide feedback for the marking conferences) will be held on Monday, 11th June 2018 in DRUMCONDRA Education Centre at 7.30pm.  The focus is on identifying any issues that should be taken into account in finalising the marking schemes. 

Individual teachers have been asked to prepare and report comments on the papers.  You are most welcome to attend and contribute. We and other branches send our consolidated reports to Council so that as representative a view as possible can be presented to the examiners prior to the conferences.

Survey of Mathematics Teachers

We in the Dublin branch of the IMTA would like to get an up to date impression of the needs of mathematics teachers in Irish second level schools at the moment. We are trying to address some, or all, of the following:

  • Are we meeting the needs of mathematics teachers adequately?
  • Are members getting adequate notification of events, talks, seminars and meetings?
  • Are there things that we as a subject association could be doing better/differently to cater for the evolving needs of teachers of mathematics as we approach the end of the second decade of the 21st century?
  • Could we improve our membership and attendance at meetings, and can we ascertain why attendance at some meetings is much lower than one would expect?

As such, we would really appreciate it if you could spend a few moments to complete the following survey. We know that this is a really busy time at the end of a hectic school year, but if you could spend a few moments filling this in we will be able to better provide for the needs of the mathematics teachers in the Dublin Branch for 2018/19 and into the future. 

Please feel free to send this to anyone you know who was a previous member of the association as we really would like to welcome all mathematics teachers back and find out what reasons may exist for leaving the association. 

The link for the survey is here - https://goo.gl/forms/5lJJtACyWGuBVai02

Thank you for taking the time to engage in this survey. The results of this survey will be shared with all members. Please encourage all mathematics teachers in your school to complete this survey to help us improve the running of the association.