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When teaching a new idea or concept, teachers can ensure that as large a number of pupils as possible are able to 'meaning make' and understand the mathematical structure at hand by varying the metaphors that they use to both communicate and engage with the new learning.
In this hands-on workshop, Mark McCourt will outline ways in which algebra tiles can help pupils to grasp several new concepts. Connecting the learning through the use of these concrete manipulatives and imagery before moving onto efficient symbolic methods in the abstract, not only allows pupils a higher chance of gaining initial understanding, but also improves retention by providing opportunities for pupils to truly think about the mathematics. It is by attending to mathematical structure that the mathematics, rather than some twee context, is committed to the long term memory. Throughout the learning of the new concept, the use of accurate and deliberate mathematical language again helps to connect the learning so that pupils can make new sense of familiar ideas as they mature and develop new schema from which to look at mathematical ideas.
Delegates will spend a lot of time in the workshop using algebra tiles themselves and considering ways that they can embed their use in their classroom practice across the age and ability range.
Come along, have some fun, play with concrete manipulatives and discuss with colleagues how they might benefit your pupils.
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. He has extensive experience of mathematics teaching and learning across all age and ability groups, having taught students from age 3 to PhD!
Problem Solving and Reasoning are topics which people continually ask me about. Everybody is trying many different techniques and sometimes we feel we are making little progress. With emphasis on both of these skills increased for our students in both P4-P7 and S1-S5 I feel it is important we collaborate with each other and share ideas. Getting students to think outside of the box and connect information together is hardly ever easy.
So in this session I'm going to share how I've dealt with these areas particularly over this past year. Looking at what I've learnt and what I believe has worked and why. I've had to up my game with teaching a lower higher set and we've been rising to the challenge as a class. It's been a long journey and one I hope will pay off in August, however the journey continues into the next year with my current year S4's. Although the journey is bigger than a single class it's about a movement and getting things right from year S1 and even better primary.
In this session you will have a chance to share and collaborate ideas as well as been given a whistle blow tour of strategies I use which hopefully benefit students. From this session I hope you will take away a least one golden nugget of information that will help in your day to day practice and benefit your department, future classes and students.
Danielle is currently the Mathematics Lead Practitioner and Numeracy Lead at Acklam Grange School, as well as being the face behind Miss Bâ€™s Resources. One of her main focuses is to make maths fun, memorable and accessible for all students. To develop good practice she runs her own website www.missbsresources.com, where she focuses on designing and sharing resources for free, alongside blogging. These resources are used by hundreds of thousands of teachers across the world. She is the author of "forty pence each or two for one pound" published by Crown House and regularly speaks at events across the UK. Also she is a member of the UK TES maths panel and an AQA Maths expert panel member.
Please feel free follow me on twitter or Facebook @MissBsResources and get in touch.
At each conference, we ask delegates to bring along their favourite resources, ideas, hints and tips. Everyone has 90 seconds to tell a colleague about their idea, before swapping and hearing from them.
There is usually time for five or six 'dates', so be ready to spread the word about what is making your classroom buzz right now.
Feel free to bring handouts, weblinks, etc.
Our cake competition is always a highlight of the day. Dozens of delegates battle it out to be crowned the winner of the maths-themed cake bake-off.
Cakes are judged at lunchtime by our guest speaker and prizes awarded at the end of the day.
Be sure to visit the cake stands to see your colleagues' handywork. And, of course, to sample the cakes for yourself! They are delicious!
Lots of us help each other out on Twitter. We give advice, support or just share jokes and experiences. But who are the people behind the Twitter handles? That's what a Tweetup is all about - a meet up for Twitter friends, putting faces to names or pseudonyms. Come along to the bonus session during the lunch break and say hello to the maths teacher Twitterati.
Be sure to identify yourself in some way! Surely someone will at least get a t-shirt made?!
You are welcome to join in and get stuck in to doing some maths.
This is an informal session - drop in as you like.