Atomisation: Breaking down your teaching like you have never seen before… 

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Edited and compiled by Robert J Smith @RJS2212

Atomisation: Breaking down your teaching like you have never seen before… is a workshop being run by Naveen F Rivzi @NaveenFRivzi at #MathsConf18 on Saturday 9th March 2019, tickets still available.


Atomisation: Breaking down your teaching like you have never seen before…


Atomisation? Is this the new fad? Why is there a buzz around this word?
It’s because atomisation is… awesome!

It’s a term that all maths teachers can use to describe the first step of their planning process. Atomisation is the process where teachers break down a topic into its sub-tasks.

When you break down a topic into its sub-tasks you avoid two common pitfalls to the planning process. Firstly, it avoids re-teaching, and secondly, it avoids missing out sub-tasks to teach. Re-teaching is frustrating for every teacher because it means that teachers lose time to teach the remaining scheme of work. Additionally, when you miss out teaching certain aspects of a topic which really need to be taught explicitly then that’s equally frustrating. Why? Simply because teaching certain aspects of a concept within a sequence can determine how successful a pupil is able to develop a big picture understanding of the topic being taught. If we plan what we want to teach, and then sequence the order in which we want to teach before we start creating any resources, then we can avoid the second pitfall.

Atomisation also allows a teacher to develop a big picture understanding of the topic before they start teaching it. Teachers can see the starting point of what prior knowledge needs to be recapped for the topic to be taught successfully to then see the most complex application of the topic which will be taught. Most importantly, the sequence from the easiest to the most complex application is designed for the greatest percentage of pupils to learn the topic successfully on the first teaching attempt. This refers to all pupils, especially the weakest.

In this session, I shall discuss how I broke down the teaching and planning of the topic ‘Exterior and Interior Angles’.

Here is the breakdown of the topic:
  • Short Division Recap
  • Exterior Angles and Interior Angles
    • Exterior Angles of Regular Polygons
    • Finding the Exterior angle from a regular polygon
  • Use the exterior angle to identify a polygon
  • Interior Angles of Regular polygons
    • Finding the Interior angle from a regular polygon
    • Use the interior angle to identify a polygon
  • Finding Exterior Angles between combined regular polygons
  • Finding Angles within an Isosceles triangle between combined regular polygons
    • Isosceles Trapezium
  • Algebraic: Exterior angles
  • Algebraic: Interior angles
  • Irregular polygons

You can see Naveen F Rizvi speak about "Atomisation: Breaking down your teaching like you have never seen before…" during #MathsConf18 at the City Academy Bristol on Saturday March 9th 2019.

Don't forget in March we also have our 'FREE' Maths Teacher Network events in association with Oxford University Press and AQA.

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