We’re well settled into our new offices at the Triangle and are already benefitting from the advantages of meeting colleagues informally as well as increased collaborative opportunities. Two of the other pluses in this month's extremely hot weather have been the air conditioning combined with very attractive outside spaces to work or relax – we were just not used to the heat!
The ISDDE conference in Galway, attended by all the team, also benefitted from the heatwave. Ireland really is glorious and the welcome was as warm as the weather. We eagerly anticipated the announcement of the 2018 prize winner and were delighted when Nick Jackiw’s name was read out. Nick is the designer of Geometer’s Sketchpad and although there are now several excellent dynamic geometry packages, this was ground breaking at the time. You can read more about his amazing career at https://www.isdde.org/prize/2018-nick-jackiw/
Our own team have been making the news too: Darren’s book ‘Teaching Statistics’, written in partnership with our colleague Will Hornby, was published by CUP and has already received very positive feedback, and Lucy was made a Founding Fellow of the new Chartered College of Teaching here in the UK. Internationally the team had papers accepted at PME in Sweden and the ICOTS conference in Kyoto, in each case sharing the progress we have made on the framework and contributing to discussions on curriculum design. See below for details of more conferences which we have in the pipeline.
In the next newsletter I will be able to report on a trip to India to work with teachers and meet with curriculum designers and policy makers: Rachael and I are in the final stages of planning that now.
Meanwhile we’re all taking a short summer break and if you too are taking time off, we wish you clement weather and an enjoyable rest.