We want pupils to become creative problem solvers. In order to be creative with mathematics, pupils need to draw on and make connections across multiple areas of mathematics. When pupils have a sophisticated schema of mathematical knowledge and that knowledge has been taught in such a way that ‘far transfer’ is truly possible, they are able to use mathematical techniques and ideas like tools: applying them in a variety of scenarios and attacking problems with confidence and the underpinning knowledge necessary to find interesting and useful solutions.
Mathematics is like a universe of interconnected ‘webs of ideas’, with each web made up of individual techniques. Each of the techniques that pupils meet along the way is a doorway to profound and awe-inspiring mathematics. Solving problems makes no sense as a separate activity, but only as an integral part for all pupils of learning to use each technique in its full complexity – which is what is needed if those techniques are to support subsequent mathematics and if pupils are to truly be able to be creative.
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!
Chris has 13 years of teaching experience, spread across 3 very different schools. Before becoming Mathematics Lead for La Salle in Scotland he was Principal Teacher of Maths at Hillhead High School and oversaw the design and implementation of a mastery curriculum - the first of its type in Scotland.
Chris has played a role in moving forward professional dialogue regarding mathematics education in Scotland. In addition to conference presentations he uses Twitter daily to share insight, ideas and opinion. He regularly publishes articles on his blog https://chrismcgrane.blogspot.com/. Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website http://startingpointsmaths.blogspot.com/ which shares tasks he has written and collated from colleagues.
Jonathan has been teaching Maths in secondary schools since completing his PGCE in 2005. Before becoming a Mathematics Lead for La Salle, he was a successful head of department at Leeds City Academy for over five years and continues to work there as a Lead Practitioner of Mathematics.
Over the past decade, Jonathan has made significant contributions to the maths community by the creation of several well-known websites, most notably MathsBot, used by millions of teachers and students each year.
Jonathan has regularly presented at local and national conferences where he shares his both experiences and ideas from the classroom and the resources he creates. He is a keen Twitter user and is often posting new resources or updates to existing ones based on feedback from the maths community.
The High School of Glasgow (G13 1PL)
Wednesday, 26th February 2020
The Edinburgh Academy (EH3 5BL)
Thursday, 27th February 2020
Aberdeen Grammar School (AB10 1HT)
Thursday, 23rd April 2020