I was inspired to present at this September’s mathsconf5, from an emerging sense of discord in experiences I am having in schools recently. There are lots of teams looking
at the new GCSE specs and looking at the new topics, I see this as a real opportunity
to engage in sustained discussions within departments about how we are going to teach
and engage our students. However the discussions I hear are not those discussions.
So my ambition for the presentation was about how we can rekindle the discussions we have about the approaches to teach the new GCSE.
So I called my talk: ‘101 ways to teach the new GCSE maths.’
And this allowed me to make my maths joke from the first joke book I was given,
and to reflect on the importance of COLLABORATION, CREATIVITY and COMMUNICATION within teaching.
I really wanted the focus of the session to be about teachers collaborating with
each other to talk about teaching and learning. Not just me talking about how
teachers could collaborate better. I threw in a few slides on the research and
approaches to improving collaboration.
And as twitter tends to do, someone neatly summarised the first 10 minutes of my presentation in one tweet.
The main substance of the presentation was the collaborative process itself, and it is amazing what you can achieve with 200 maths teachers and 40 minutes to talk about maths teaching.
In the time it takes to have one department meeting, we identified
the key topics to focus on…
And the top ten articles are
We explored the issues creatively and collaboratively and came up with
160+ methods to tackle them.
And we enjoyed talking to each other about teaching maths.
So it just leaves me to say thank you to the six collaborators who managed
the discussions but most of all thank you for engaging so warm-heartedly
in my session. And thanks to you for sending over your messages and blogs
telling me what you are doing next.
Luke Graham @bettermaths