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Maths to Life!
ACADEMY are hoping a new programme will bring conventionally
dull Maths classes to life and at the same time
turn around the schools poor attainment in the subject.
with the blessing of education bosses, the Academy will lead
the way in Dumfries and Galloway by implementing Maths
Alive a system where pupils learn by interacting
with a huge whiteboard at the front of the classroom.
system would incorporate the basics of mathematics in a series
of games and computer-generated graphics which, it is hoped,
will grasp the attention of the pupils.
the schools head of Maths, Gordon Smart has described
the programme as the most exciting thing I have ever
seen in 21 years of teaching.
Maths Alive currently only caters for ages between
five and 14, the school see it as an ideal basis
for preparing first- and second-year children for the exam
Jimmy Higgins said We would like to see ourselves
jump in there and give our pupils a head start.
is a precise, stimulating and flexible method of learning
and is of a very high standard. It engages pupils at their
own stage and the world they live in. But there is still
a central role for the teacher as well. We still need a
sensitive, high morale teacher to drive it.
department has for a long time suffered from a low morale
and has been working against a difficult background.
is time we really moved this forward and this gives us the
best opportunity I have ever seen to do just that. It is
whole-class geared and will really get the class buzzing".