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David Harris

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    Toulouse
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    Maths aside, I love playing with my Kids. What little time/energy I have left, I try to spend on Digital Art, Cleaning my VW Newbeetle and supporting Fife's greatest football team, Dunfermline Athletic.<br>I've also had a lot of fun over the last few years developing my own site http://www.planetqhe.com

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  1. I worked with Richard from the very start of IST in August 1999 until July 2006 and I would like to add to the forum my impressions of him as a colleague over the years. His students have supplied superlatives galore so far and that is no surprise to me. Watching the way Richard was able to make his passion for History so infectious for his students was fascinating and inspiring. Every IST teacher will have overheard corridor conversations - sometimes heated! - between students about the opening of the Eastern front or the treaty of Versailles. Richard has a gift for getting his subject under
  2. I have experimented with the great piece of freeware here http://reglos.de/musinum/ You can create a list of random numbers in excel, paste them into MUSINUM and then listen to 'random' music. I also attended a fantastic workshop in Rome last month as part of the CABRIWORLD2004 conference - it was entitled "Visual analogies of auditory illusions". The illusions in question were generated by the French Composer Jean Claude Risset. D
  3. I thought this poll might give us some quick, easy data to create discussion with. What subjects are more 'popular'? Why? What can we do to 'discover' the potential in any topics we do not like, or try to avoid! Can technology help us do this? David
  4. I am typing this with one hand due to a broken wrist - I will therefore not be up to my usual prolific typing and contributing rate on this forum. I have noticed however a lot of views so i'd like to ask all teachers who are browsing to contribute....we really do need to get this maths forum off the ground! D
  5. Thanks Andy! I read the 'debate' and enjoyed it....some lively banter going on there, the wit and the eloquence comes through despite the technology! Disappointed with some of the sweeping generalisations though, I'd have thought that those would be frowned upon by any Historian who appreciates logic! Yes, maths has to justify its high profile in the scheme of things, as does any subject. Yes, maths can seem irrelevant - but so can any subject if not taught well. Yes, students' logic skills could be developed through cross-curricular links not just with History, but other subjects. I'm g
  6. I confess I’ve been busy hence the lack of posts, but I suppose everyone who contributes to this site is busy, so what does that tell you? I’ve been thinking recently about what exactly makes teaching and learning mathematics different to that of other subjects? Actually I have been thinking about this for a while – some of you might recall the Cockroft Report, published in the 1980’s in the UK. It was a government report on the teaching of Maths, wittingly called “Mathematics Counts”. There was one entry that made the statement “Mathematics is a difficult subject to teach and to learn”
  7. Hi everyone. My Site is Planetqhe.com. A bit of a mouthful I know! it stands for Probabilistic Learning Activities NETwork, Question, Hypothesis, Experiment. It consists of over 30 probability puzzles, paradoxes and experiments mostly in the form of spreadsheets but there are also applets, fathom, cabri documents as well. I originally uploaded it in Jan 2001. My plan for development is to add another couple of activities, but more importantly to finally get rid of the pesky frames, -even more important to make the instructions better and make it more useful as a cross-curricular resource.
  8. Hi Everyone and happy new year! I'm David Harris from the International School of Toulouse, where I am the Head of the Maths department. I've also taught in London, Cairo and Buenos Aires. I've worked at IST since our doors opened in 1999. Before that I was (briefly) studying for an M Ed in Bristol as a full time student which I have only just finished. A lot of my M Ed studies were related to probability theory, have a look at my site Probabilistic Learning Activities Network if you are interested. Here at IST we are really lucky because we operate a laptop programme in Primary and Seconda
  9. Hi Everyone and happy new year! I'm David Harris from the International School of Toulouse, where I am the Head of the Maths department. I've also taught in London, Cairo and Buenos Aires. I've worked at IST since our doors opened in 1999. Before that I was (briefly) studying for an M Ed in Bristol as a full time student which I have only just finished. A lot of my M Ed studies were related to probability theory, have a look at my site Probabilistic Learning Activities Network if you are interested. D
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