Exploring Addition as a way into Challenging our Professional Practice
You are invited to one of the most significant Mathematics Education professional development events in recent times.
This is an opportunity for Primary and Secondary teachers to spend a day, working with highly sought-after experts at no cost. All three leaders are giving their time without charge for this initiative because they believe so passionately in the value of the approaches they will be sharing.
CPD Theme: How does it all add up? Exploring addition as a way into challenging our professional practice.
John Mason (emeritus professor of mathematics education, Open University) – Profile:http://www.pmtheta.com/john-mason.html
Anne Watson (emeritus professor of mathematics education, University of Oxford ) – Profile:http://www.pmtheta.com/anne-watson.html
Dr. Jenni Back (just past associate director for Primary, NCETM)
Working on rich mathematical tasks and seeing how such tasks raise the bar on expectations across the attainment range, leads to better outcomes for students but also supporting teachers in understanding the deeper structures and connections in the subject. Their own subject knowledge is enhanced through engaging in the tasks with their fellow teachers and engaging with key mathematical ideas at a deep level. Experiencing the struggles involved in learning helps them to understand the challenges their students face and to offer appropriate prompts and questions to support learning.
There is significant evidence cited in many sources that support the approach being shared (see Boaler 2016 2nd edition for evidence). In a project working along similar lines in a Brighton primary school, there has been striking success over the long term with pupil outcomes exceeding national expectations in the 2016 tests despite having 40% pupil premium students on role.
The staff, in the Brighton school, are now all enthusiastic about their mathematics teaching and the after school maths club is the most popular one in the school – even more than football. Most of the children on roll give mathematics as their favourite subject. This could be your school next year.