The world is changing fast and education is on a sprint to keep up. Is it being revolutionary? We’ll leave the answer in your hands.

However, being at the heart of maths teacher training, as we look for suitable Maths Scholars, we are always interest in what’s being said. We scour the news, we scour social media and like to keep up to date. As a potential Maths scholar it’s always good to see what’s being discussed and what trends are developing.

The headline drew us to the piece:

'Why the data doesn’t work: teaching is more sophisticated, complex and human than results-driven businesses'

Joe was clear that just running with data-driven exercises pinched from business will not necessarily be the sinecure schools are looking for. He felt schools represent something quite different. He was at pains to explain they are complex experiences for the human beings. Working and learning in them is messy, unpredictable and demanding in ways businesses literally can’t imagine.

It is a salient point. We read much about teachers being stressed, overworked, tired. It is this narrative that grabs the headlines. What people are sometimes less likely to discuss is the excitement working in schools can generate. It’s the profound moment over coffee that changes perspectives. It’s the random student question that hits you like a curve ball. It’s the understanding of an emotional crisis you could never have anticipated. It’s the knowledge that a young person chose you as a confidante as they truly believed you could help. It is a vocation and it is very special.

Big data is fantastic. It illuminates all kinds of dark corners; it is very much the future. But what is education for? Why do we need talented, empathic, intelligent and passionate people to teach? Is it to number crunch or simply tie achievement to predictions and data? What do you think? You can read Joe Nutt’s interesting TES article in full here.

Where would the world be without mathematics?

This week Plus magazine asked the pertinent question: Where would the world be without mathematics.’ They didn’t answer it of course but used it as link bait for their competition. This competitions is open to young people 11 and over and 19 and under. They should be studying at secondary level. The idea is to write an article that’s up to 1500 words, create a video not longer than 10 minutes or put together a multi media project. The deadline is March 24th 2016 with more information about the maths competition right here. Think of the mathematical conversations you could have and the exploration you could undertake with your students.

Digital Futures Digital Transformations

Talking about digital futures a new book has been published by Springer entitled Digital Futures, Digital Transformation. The author Ahmed Bounfour provides an integrated overview of key trends in digital transformation. It identifies 25 key trends. It is certainly an interesting read for educators that will need to consider what future employees, entrepreneurs and workers will be expected to undertake. Education may not wish to be controlled by data but it cannot be divorced from the business world can it?

If you haven’t caught the interview with Steve Watson Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge then do read what he has to say about training to be a maths teacher in 2016. Steve also offers some great advice to anyone thinking of training to be a maths teacher. Grabbing some experience of maths teaching in state schools is a real plus point when you apply. So if you can find the opportunity to undertake some observation in schools before you put in an application that would work in your favour. To read more about maths teacher training at Cambridge University click here.

In Other News……

Scholarships are available for those wishing to train to be a maths teacher. We are delighted to announce that scholarships are available for those who commence their initial teacher training in the academic year 2016/17. Discover more about being a maths scholar here.

We have some interesting maths inspired conversations and cover all kinds of topics on our twitter feed. Do join us @beamathsteacher or why not keep an eye on the Maths Scholars Facebook feed This is where we post crazy things like this!

Have a great week and we look forward to receiving your Maths Scholars application form. To begin the process start here