Task selection and use are fundamental in bringing about effective learning in the mathematics classroom. Designing tasks that improve learning not only enhances teachers’ awareness of the characteristics of effective tasks but also deepens their own subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge.
In this workshop, we will design a range of tasks collaboratively, debating and iterating each proposal, considering best evidence and planning for the impact the task will have in the classroom.
The session will also include discourse on how to design tasks for maximum gains in learning, how to identify likely pitfalls in tasks, and how to draw on research findings to make more informed choices when building tasks.
This workshop is suitable for all teachers of mathematics, but will be particularly useful to those who currently lead or are planning to lead mathematics in their school or college.
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!