Biography of Patrick McEntee :Bevan Werry Speaker 2009-2011
I was educated at De La Salle College in Mangere, and graduated from The University of Auckland with a double major in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. After spells of teaching at Putaruru High School and Liston College in West Auckland, I moved with our young family to the sunny Hawke''s Bay, and have been a teacher at Havelock North High School for the past 22years.
I have taught both Calculus and/or Statistics and Modelling to Scholarship level just about every year I have been teaching, and have taught extension mathematics at Havelock for many, many years. During this time I have worked with many resources and developed a number myself. In 2008 I was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship to Australia, which enabled me to view the delivery of mathematics in Victoria and in South Australia. I was particularly interested in the use of technology in Australia, given that an aggressive attempt was being made to usher CAS into our junior school at about the same time. I was also saddened to see the extent to which our senior curriculum had dropped away in comparison to the one that operated in Australia.
On the local scene I am probably best known as a vehement critic of NCEA and of the people who promoted it. I remain implacably opposed to the introduction of CAS into our junior school, and am thrilled with the move away from its imminent implementation that occurred just recently. I certainly am not against change, but the people who pursue drastic change must be prepared to argue their case with conviction, and if their case is good enough, we will all be clambering on board. They must also realise that when persuasion has failed, some of us have been around too long, and have developed too much of a fondness for the subject to be bullied into adopting something we do not believe in.
I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed the Bevan Werry Speaker because I know I will get to meet many people who share my love for the subject and who wish to give their pupils the best possible experience in the subject.
Just recently I have written a number of problem-solving resources, many of which involve high level thinking. They include
- Divisibility properties
- Problem-solving with HCF/LCM
- Problem-solving with Graphs
- Problem-Solving with Modulo Arithmetic.
I also have developed a number of resources for Scholarship Statistics and Modelling, and in recent years I have co-hosted Scholarship Calculus seminars for teachers with my HOD and long-time colleague, Mr Andrew Wright
I certainly would be prepared to share my thoughts with other teachers/pupils on any of the above topics/areas, or on any other topic of interest on our secondary curriculum.
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