Why you should join...The Association of Teachers of Mathematics and The Mathematical Association

25th November 2005 at 00:00
If you're a mathematics teacher, consider yourself lucky. The position of your subject in the curriculum is guaranteed and there's nearly always a shortage of maths teachers, so you have reasonable job security.

Similarly, you may find yourself short of helpful specialist colleagues and needing to support reluctant staff drafted in to help teach your subject.

Fortunately, there are two potential subject associations which work closely together.

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) was formed to "encourage the development of mathematics education such that it is more closely relevant to the needs of the learner". It will help you make sense of the latest government schemes and provide many resources. Currently in development is a members-only area for shared resource downloads, and they have an excellent "free stuff" section on their website, which gets a 5* rating from Schoolzone.

With NQT membership at pound;40, you get four copies of the Mathematics Teaching journal, three copies of Micromath, e-news and other free publications.

The Mathematical Association attracts membership from primary, secondary, further and higher education. Subscription starts at pound;30. It has an easy to use website and online resources.

Both organisation will feature at the BETT exhibition (January 11-14 ), at Olympia, in London.

MORE INFORMATION

Association of Teachers of Mathematics, tel: 01332 346 599; email: admin@atm.org.uk; www.atm.org.uk

The Mathematical Association, tel: 0116 221 0013; email office@m-a.org.uk; www.m-a.org.uk

BETT: www.bettshow.co.uk

Andrew Stanley

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