Annual Conference Oct 2013
Annual Conference / AGM for 2013 took place in
on 11 & 12 October 2013.
Team Math competition 2014
IMTA and maths education
The aim of the IMTA (founded in 1964) is to promote and assist the teaching of mathematics at all levels
New website launched
New and updated website was launched on Sunday February 27, 2011
Team Math 2014
The Regional round took place in each Branch on Friday 31st January, 2014.
Final in NUI Galway on Sat March 8
A meeting of the Council took place on Jan 10, 2014 in the Collins Barracks, Dublin
The IMTA would like to invite all Transition year classes in your school to take up the challenge of Peter’s Problem, in memory of the late Peter Tiernan, who worked for many years on behalf of students and teachers nationwide.
The initiative was piloted in the Midlands branch area and is now being launched countrywide.
The problem will be presented by email to schools and solved by the class in the classroom over the following 6-7 weeks. The material covered includes only topics on the Junior Cert Ordinary level syllabus and also involves use of the calculator.
The class will solve the problem, present their answer, explain their method and list any conditions upon which their answer depends and any other relevant information. All will be outlined in the email.
Sat. October 11, 2014 in University College, Dublin
Full details or to see programme etc., click here
September 2013 - To all members
The following is an update (Sept. 2013) of recent IMTA Council activities.
1. Mathsfest 2013
After three very successful years in Cork, Mathsfest moved to Dublin. The IMTA treasurer, Natalie Noone, put together a very extensive programme to suit the needs of all teachers. Full information can be found at www.mathsfest.com or click the link on the IMTA home page.
2. Accenture and the IMTA
As you may be aware, Accenture sponsor the IMTA award for the three students who display the most meritorious performance in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths examination. This years’ top three students will be selected after the Leaving certificate appeals process has been completed and the prize-giving ceremony is being planned to be held in the Accenture offices in Dublin towards the end of November.
An exciting development this year is the launch of a pilot programme by Accenture and the IMTA involving Transition Year students. After several meetings, the chairman, Sean MacCormaic, has ensured that this will be a viable project. Ten schools are going to work with real-life data using techniques and methods from Strand 1 and will present their analysis in a report. After evaluation, it is hoped that this will be rolled out nationally for all interested schools in the future. The official launch of the pilot programme will take place at this year's Mathsfes in UCD.
3. Address to the Project Maths Implementation Support Group
After the publication of the IMTA report on the roll out of Project Maths, a series of meetings took place. The report is now available on our website www.IMTA.ie. In June, the IMTA was invited to make a presentation to the PMISG. The recording secretary, Donal Coughlan, presented on behalf of the association.
4. Establishment of committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
The Minister of State for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock, established a committee on STEM, to further its interests and try to secure greater funding for its promotion. The IMTA are represented on this committee by Seán MacCormaic.
5. Meeting with Institute of Guidance Counsellors
IMTA secretary Brendan O'Sullivan met with the Institute of Guidance Counsellors to request their support for a review of the eligibility of Foundation Level students for third level courses. There has been significant change in the teaching, learning and assessment for these students and it would be a good time to examine third level prospects for these students. A lot of attention has been paid to the Higher Level and bonus points with little attention paid to Foundation Level. Following a presentation on the changes, the IGC was quite positive towards such a review and will discuss it formally at their Council meeting in September.
The IGC emphasised that it is necessary for mathematics teachers to speak to the guidance counsellors in their own schools and outline the changes at Foundation Level. Principals and guidance counsellors will soon be attending regional CAO meetings and it is important that a groundswell of support be established if any change is to come about.
6. Timings for syllabus topics
The Council meeting in May agreed that the IMTA will produce a document with recommended timings for the teaching of all topics in each of the five strands. A subcommittee was established for this and it will be coordinated by Seán MacCormaic.
7. Student Competitions
The regional rounds of Team Math are scheduled for Friday 31st January 2014. The Team Math final is provisionally set for the 8th March 2014 and will be held in University College Galway. The Irish Junior Maths Competition for 1st years will have its first round on the 5th March 2014. The sixth annual Pi quiz will be held on the 4th April 2014. More information can be found at www.piquiz.ie and anyone interested in hosting the competition in an area not already covered, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
National Secretary, IMTA
Project Maths Syllabi, click here
A new Irish website, providing online support
for Maths students, was launched in time for the 2012 exams.
*TheMathsTutor.ie* makes additional maths support and materials accessible
to everyone in a convenient way, and it includes Video Lessons, Interactive Exercises and additional Online Supports.
IMTA Project Maths Report - 2013
IMTA Project Maths Report - 2013
The IMTA published a document / report in February 2013, based on survey feedback from every branch of the association,titled "Project Maths and the Irish Maths Teachers Association".
Read the full text of the document here.