Embedding Problem Solving in the Mathematics Classroom

This one day course is ideal for teachers of mathematics in primary and secondary schools, and FE colleges.

We want all pupils to have opportunities to behave mathematically. Our problem solving day will explore a range of intriguing problems and mathematical models that can be embedded in the curriculum for pupils to work on once they have the required underpinning knowledge and ideas.

The session will consider ways of ensuring problem solving is not a 'bolt on', but is well planned and scheduled to complement and enhance a rich experience of learning mathematics
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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!

*We cannot guarantee which of the workshop leaders will run this course.

Course Leader - Chris McGrane*

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. The work was been hailed as sector leading, while attainment improved over this time. Chris is an avid reader of literature relating to mathematics education and has shared both this learning and practice from his own classroom regularly at conferences, where has been a popular speaker. Chris has appeared on recent episodes of Craig Barton’s podcast and is scheduled to appear for an extended interview in the coming year.

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/. Chris is the lead of the Glasgow branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), which regularly puts on events with expert speakers. 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.

*We cannot guarantee which of the workshop leaders will run this course.

Outline of the Day

  • 10:00-11:00
    What does effective problem solving look like and how does this differ from discovery learning? What does the evidence say and how can we use research findings to bring about better pedagogies and practice?
  • 11:00-12:30
    Prompts, questions, tasks and scenarios carefully designed to lead to gains in learning.
  • 12:30-13:00
    Lunch
  • 13:00-15:00
    Planning for structured problem solving and embedding in practice.

Locations and Dates:

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

Thursday, 24th May 2018

Wednesday, 13th June 2018

Thursday, 14th June 2018

Course Fees

£140

Non-member
AFTER THE FIRST DELEGATE, ANY SUBSEQUENT DELEGATES ARE ONLY CHARGED £80

Free

Member
ALL COMPLETE MATHEMATICS MEMBERS BENEFIT FROM FREE ACCESS TO COURSES AND CONFERENCES FROM LA SALLE EDUCATION
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