SMILE (Secondary Mathematics Individualised Learning Experiment) was initially developed as a series of practical activities for secondary school students by practising teachers in the 1970’s. These mathematics books are intended to be not only a source of ideas but to be a flexible resource that can be adapted to different circumstances and ability groups.
Not that it takes much to ignite my mathematical excitement, but the 1970’s got my blood moving. I was sold.
Here’s a sample:
It sort of shocks me when I use these kinds of resources and kids ask, “why is color spelled wrong?” I wonder what they’d say if they knew the rest of the world says “maths” instead of “math.”
Anyway, I could spend about a day looking through the National Stem Centre. If you’re going to check it out, make sure you have Evernote ready!