The effective teaching of mathematics is a well understood process, with extensive and robust evidence of what works well available from important researchers such as John Mason, Anne Watson, Malcolm Swan, Margaret Brown and, more recently, meta-analyses which succinctly capture impactful practice (for example, the excellent recent report from The Education Endowment Foundation, Hodgen et al - see our blog and the NCETM report Mathematics Matters).
Mathematics teaching is more effective when it recognises both what has been learned and what needs to be learned, which means teachers must use assessment to build on pupils’ existing knowledge. Questions that reveal whether or not learning has occurred are complex, rich and explorative. Tasks should encourage reasoning rather than simple ‘answer getting’.
In this workshop, we will explore a range of higher-order questions, which can be addressed in a variety of ways including multiple representations and the use of mathematical manipulatives.
These rich questions exposes common misconceptions and other surprising phenomena, giving opportunities for extension, discussion and further learning.
We will use tasks which make connections between topics both within and beyond mathematics and with the real world and which engage pupils in collaborative learning that develops mathematical language through communicative activities.
A misconception has arisen in recent years that mathematics is about wading through questions and answering closed, simplistic problems. We will explore mathematical problems, suitable for all age and ability groups, which confront difficulties rather than seeking to avoid or pre-empt them. Such approaches also result in increased pupil independence and motivation.
The session will also link to the Complete Mathematics mastery model of learning, to illustrate how all pupils can learn all of school level mathematics.
Join us for a day of thought-provoking discussion and practical solutions for embedding approaches for deeper understanding in your classroom.