The course will be taught to try and develop how delegates approach and think about Mathematics, encouraging them to ‘think Mathematically’.
Some sessions will focus explicitly on this and develop approach and pedagogy rather than content. Other sessions concentrate on particular areas which form the back-bone of Mathematics teaching in a school environment, particularly for non-specialists – i.e. number and algebra.
These topics are in no way suggested to be the only ‘important’ ones. But by focusing in detail on the topics of patterns, algebra and fractions, whilst continually fostering ‘Mathematical thinking’, other applied topics should be able to be taught with greater confidence and success.
- (27th September) Introduction: Why is Maths considered ‘core’? Course outline and baseline audit to measure current knowledge.
- (11th October) How, and why, should students communicate mathematically? Mathematical language, problem solving and probability.
- (29th November) What is a fraction, and why are fractions important? Understanding, applying & visually representing fractions.
- (7th February) How should algebra be introduced and then developed? Exploring activities to develop a teaching tool-kit to support teaching algebra across varying levels.
- (14th March) Probability, what resources are available, Learning Resources Planning, Exit Audit.
- (Summer Term) School immersion day observing a working mathematics team. Activities include pupil shadowing, learning walks, observations and conversations with specialist and non-specialist mathematics teaching staff.
Marc Skelton (SLE Mathematics) at Whitley Academy
Who is it suitable for:
- Non specialists in secondary schools teaching Mathematics up to foundation GCSE level.
What will you take away with you?
- Understanding of transferable mathematical teaching skills.
- 20 Masters Credits (Birmingham City University).
What is the intended impact for you?
- Improved understanding of Mathematical pedagogy at primary or secondary level.
What is the intended impact for your school?
- Enabling non-specialists to teach Mathematics in a secondary environment with greater confidence.
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