Maths Scholars love Twitter
There’s been much talk about social media but we know Maths Scholars and the maths community in general thrive on this social media platform. Why? It’s quick, it’s instant and jam-packed full of inspiration, answers and great ideas.
The Maths Scholars Award Scheme joined Twitter to promote the fact we have £27,500 up for grabs – we’ll talk about that later in this blog. But what we’ve actually found is that the Twitter community is a loyal, intelligent group of newshounds, generous sharers of amazing information and resources. It’s also a barometer of what teachers (who predominantly teach STEM subjects think and feel).
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If there’s one piece of leftfield advice we would give our Scholars and potential Scholars it’s: join Twitter. Why is it so important? Well, it’s brilliant to express your thoughts, worries, queries and observations to people who don’t necessarily know you personally. We are often offered objective advice that can be just the thing we needed. Twitter is such a beguiling mix of memes, news, pics, ideas and even cries for help. It’s great when you can answer a question or send across some advice, a link or whatever is required.
Some of the really inspirational people to follow on Twitter if you are a Scholar or are thinking about training to teach maths are as follows:
Jo Morgan is a ‘go to’ guru. Put her on your list. This is the kind of material she tweets:
Jo Morgan is a force to be reckoned with on Twitter
A typical Tweet from Jo
Another great Tweeter is Danielle Bartram
You can take a look at her book too:
More inspiration comes in the form of memes that can be just the thing to inspire:
And also ideas:
Alex Bellos is a brilliant tweeter –do check him out:
The MEI is a useful point of contact:
Bobby Seagull, of University Challenge fame is a Maths Scholar. You can see him talking right here about why he chose to become a Maths teacher.
And then of course there is the bizarre but fabulous which is always very entertaining:
Yes, there are spats and fallings-out but these happen in any community. However, if you are looking for a group of people that are always available who will offer advice and answers, inspiration and ideas then Twitter is the place. Many Scholars and ex scholars join up and year on the year the community gets bigger.
If you are thinking about training to be a teacher in 2018 then you should join Twitter and start to understand the kinds of debates surrounding contemporary maths education. If you are asked to attend an interview then you will be asked to share your thoughts and ideas. It always pays to have done some research at the time and be aware of the key points. If you would like to know more about what is expected at a Maths Scholars Scholarship award interview then you can find out right here. For other help and information about how to make the very best application you can possibly make then do read the advice we offer here.
Throughout the year we make every effort to share ideas and experiences from Scholars who are currently training and those who are starting their NQT year. In addition we often ask alumni to tell everyone how their careers have taken off and any other observations they might care to make about the teaching of mathematics.
Being a Maths Scholar is far more than winning funding for your studies, although we do understand it makes a massive difference. What it does do is mark you out as a person that deserves recognition for being a passionate advocate of mathematics. As we’ve said many a time it’s not about being brilliant at Maths. It’s about having excellent subject knowledge and a passion to communicate mathematical ideas. If you are curious about how you can get challenging concepts across or how you can find other ways to communicate a tricky problem then you are the right kind of person to consider a career in teaching.
The Maths Scholars scheme offers far more than just funding. As a Scholar you will have:
Access to cutting edge professional development
- Access to superb professional resources
- Two years free membership of professional bodies
- Opportunities to collaborate and publish
- Alongside being part of an elite group of passionate mathsistas.
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