M4 Magazine


M4 Magazine is a collection of mathematics teaching and learning ideas, resources and activities compiled by MEI for use by teachers and other colleagues in education. From September 2015 the magazine will be published every half term.

 

January/February M4 Magazine

In this half-term's issue

The first edition of the calendar year includes updates about the progress of accreditation of the new AS and A levels, and about the 2017 National Reference Test.
Our focus this half term is on different maths systems from around the world, including historical methods of counting, the history of our number system and how it ties in with other base ten systems.

In his guest column ‘It’s all in your head’ Hugh Hunt writes, “In the days before calculators it was easy to lose track of powers of ten, so we got good at it…Doing sums roughly, in your head, is an art.” Hugh poses some challenges that don’t need you to pick up a calculator to work out a reasonable answer.

M4 Magazine


Teaching and Learning Resources

Carol Knight’s classroom resource (at the end of the magazine) looks at number systems and number ‘puzzles’. The content is suitable for a wide range of ages and attainment levels as the activities themselves are easily accessible, but the corresponding reasoning and proof activity is often far more challenging. One of the activities also highlights the dangers of simply accepting a method without really testing it or proving that it always works – reasoning and justification are key!

Carol also takes us Site Seeing this month, looking at the resources offered freely by the U.S. Illuminations website, and the Visual Patterns website.

The PowerPoint file can be downloaded below:

Number Systems and Puzzles

As always, we'd love your feedback on the magazine!



Previous editions

 

November/December 2016

November/December M4 Magazine

Teaching and Learning Resources

Can we spot a cheat?

 

September/October 2016

September/October M4 magazine

Teaching and Learning Resources
Simple Starting Points

 

July/August 2016

July/August M4 magazine

Teaching and Learning Resources
Summer Challenge 2016

 

May/June 2016

May/June M4 magazine

Teaching and Learning Resources
Forces

 

March/April 2016

March/April M4 magazine

Teaching and Learning Resources
Modelling in Mathematics

 

January/February 2016

January/February 2016 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Teaching and Learning Resources
Problem Solving and Assessment

 

November/December 2015

November/December 2015 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Teaching and Learning Resources
Maths and Art

 

September/October 2015

September 2015 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Teaching and Learning Resources
Kinematics
Distance and Displacement Graphs
Displacement and Velocity Graphs

Crash course September/October problems - Solutions


July 2015

July 2015 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Teaching and Learning Resources

Summer Challenge


Archived Monthly Maths

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