“It actually ended up being every week for half an hour”
Atul had already been regularly meeting with a tutor friend to work through courses one at a time. With the release of Jonny Hall’s ‘Place Value’ course, however, he decided to up the ante, suggesting to the rest of the Discord community that they work through it together. “I initially suggested once every two weeks for 10 minutes”, Atul recalls. “But it actually ended up being every week for half an hour.”
“You've already got this really rich CPD video course"
The group meet remotely on a Discord video channel, and use Jamboard, a collaborative whiteboard, to maximise the opportunity for sharing ideas and interacting with one another. As Atul explains, “Everyone can see exactly how the rest of the group are moving virtual manipulatives on screen and what they are writing. You get much richer interaction and realtime feedback even if we are all hundreds of miles apart, and that's probably where the value comes.”
Base 5 and 8 tonight during @atulrana’s Wednesday #TDaPE Discord Disco. Still working our way through the super course by @StudyMaths and really getting the most from the CPD college. Great stuff as always, Atul!— Kieran Mackle (@Kieran_M_Ed) March 16, 2022
Join the discord here 👇 https://t.co/nwnWhNxfvW pic.twitter.com/Ohqc7YJI3X
Meetings strictly observe the thirty-minute time limit, and all participants respect the agreement not to jump ahead and watch the next part of the course alone, even if the temptation to do so is great! Despite the short length of the sessions, however, the group cover more than just maths: “There's social time as well,” Atul says. “People want to talk about how their teaching is going, how their day has been, all sorts of things — venting if necessary, because teaching is a tough job.”
“People want to talk about how their teaching is going..."
Another great session exploring the CPD College with @atulrana and @Mr_AlmondED over in the #TDaPE discord. Really getting into the multi base content now!https://t.co/0aa4gdY7qC pic.twitter.com/bFGLqPlUen— Kieran Mackle (@Kieran_M_Ed) February 16, 2022
“The most value is just getting people to talk to each other!’”
For Atul, however, the biggest benefit is the sense of community. As a tutor, he says, he can sometimes feel that he doesn’t belong to any particular group, but the more time he’s spent in the maths community, the more he’s realised that “...People feel like they are in their little niche, and that everyone else is somehow better — no matter which niche they are in.” For him, the strength of the Complete Mathematics community is the feeling that everyone is welcome. “The most value,” he believes, “is just getting people to talk to each other.”
2. Use Jamboard, or another online notes platform, to collaborate live on ideas and complete tasks
(All the courses below are included in a Complete Maths CPD membership, which starts at just £7 per month and is often more convenient than a one-off purchase!)
Find out more about the Complete Mathematics CPD Library, including how to subscribe, here.
Alternatively, if you’re interested in a subscription for your school or Maths department, book a call with one of our team.
If you’d like to connect with Atul or get involved in #MathsChatLive, follow him on Twitter: @atulrana. Alternatively, visit his website: http://www.atulranatutors.co.uk/
Kieran Mackle (@Kieran_M_Ed) leads Thinking Deeply About Primary Mathematics, and you can join his Discord here.
Sammy White (@whatthetrigmath) recently wrote about challenging the feeling of being ‘left out’ from the teaching community - you can read her very moving blog here