Making Mathematics Memorable - Lessons from Cognitive Science

Why does the mathematics curriculum feel full? Why do teachers feel like they are often racing to 'keep up with the curriculum?

We ask pupils to grip around 300 mathematical ideas during their whole time at school, from age 5 to 18. Yet, many of these ideas appear to need to be taught from scratch over and over again.

Whilst it is important that pupils get to revisit mathematical ideas as they grow older and develop new internal schema that allow them to see these ideas from a new perspective, which builds deeper understanding, for many pupils there is no memory of having worked on the mathematics previously.

This session will explore the wealth of research and evidence in the field of human thinking, memory and cognitive abilities and their implications for teaching mathematics. By better understanding how pupils learn (and don't learn!) mathematics, we can adjust our pedagogies to maximise pupil understanding and raise attainment for all pupils.

The aim of the workshop is to solve the age old problem of pupils not retaining knowledge and skills in working with mathematical ideas, so that instead of 're-teaching' ideas that pupils should already know we can develop the ideas further and build greater mathematical competence.

Course Leader - Mark McCourt

Mark is the UK's leading authority on teaching for mastery. He has trained over 2000 schools in mastery models for schooling in the UK and overseas.

A leading figure in mathematics education, Mark has led many large-scale government education initiatives, both in the UK and overseas. Mark was a Director at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and has also been a school leader, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a school inspector and a teacher trainer. He founded and was Chairman of the Teacher Development Trust.

Mark has extensive experience of mathematics teaching and learning across all age and ability groups, having taught students from age 3 to PhD!

Locations and Dates:

Glasgow

Friday, 7th September

Course Fees

£140

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