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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!
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Are you embarking on your first TLR or leadership position in September?
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This workshop will explore how to establish yourself early in your leadership career, and help you to shape and define yourself as a leader. It will mix practical ideas and advice with a little bit of theory to empower you, either to be effective in your current role, or in preparing for a future one. There will also be a Q&A, with a chance to ask questions as you step out on your leadership journey.
Ben Ward has been teaching for 10 years, and in leadership roles for 8. He is currently Assistant Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning in a thriving academy in Manchester, where he is responsible for CPD, leadership development and engagement with educational research. Previously, he led a department of 18 maths teachers for 5 years. He is passionate about pedagogy, leadership and developing and encouraging teachers at all levels. He has just completed a masters in Education Leadership, lectures in leadership, facilitates on middle leadership training programmes and mentors and coaches aspiring and current middle leaders. He is particularly interested in leadership and its impact on culture creation and staff development.
Outside of school he is a governor at a local primary, tweets on maths, education and leadership; and occasionally blogs on staffrm.io.
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.