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Teacher of Mathematics at St Marylebone Grammar School

Taught Mathematics to 11-16 pupils of a more mixed ability than expected.
When Aug 31, 1976 to
Jul 30, 1977
Where London
Reflection: The challenges of teaching mixed ability groups started me thinking about learner-centredness, negotiated learning, differentiation and how the curriculum could be collaboratively developed  by practicing teachers.

I took this post directly after graduation without any clue of what to do nor any teaching qualification or preparation.

I had been recommended to the post by a friend who was leaving the same job in order to travel.

It was in this post that I first encountered the Secondary Mathematics Individualised Learning Experiment (SMILE) through conversations and meetings with colleague Alistair Buckenham at the school and acquaintance Dylan Wiliam, who was working at a neighbouring school.  By the end of the year I was committed to teaching and searched for my next post at a comprehensive school with mixed-ability teaching as a central goal.

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Lewis Carroll describes a fictional map that had:

"the scale of a mile to the mile."

A character notes some practical difficulties with such a map and states that:

"we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well."
— Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Lewis Carroll, 1893

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