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Building a Picture of Professional Development

Colin, a secondary teacher in Coventry, describes how reading and reflecting on John Mason’s book ‘Researching Your Own Practice: The Discipline of Noticing’ has helped him to be more aware of what he is doing in the classroom while he is still doing it.

 Click here to read his vignette

Rebecca, a teacher at a primary school in Walsall describes a key meeting with a Mathematics specialist that helped her introduce new ways to approach problem solving in year 6.

 Click here to read her vignette

Katie, a teacher at a junior school in Walsall, describes a course which highlighted the importance of interactive teaching in Mathematics.

 Click here to read her vignette

Rocky G, a primary teacher in Solihull, describes how he is inspired by his termly Primary Mathematics Subject Leaders' Conferences.

 Click here to read his vignette

Kevin, a secondary teacher in Birmingham, describes a key conversation from several years ago that changed his approach to teaching.

 Click here to read his vignette

Gillian, a secondary teacher in Coventry, describes how going to the Maths Association Annual Conference helped to rejuvenate her love of mathematics and teaching mathematics.

 Click here to read her vignette

Mark P, a teacher in Solihull, describes how involvement in the 'Motivate Video Conferences' has impacted on the teaching and learning of mathematics. 

 Click here to read his vignette

Mark S, a teacher at a primary school in Solihull talks of how reading about the teaching of mathematics has helped him to reflect on his approach and develop new ideas in the classroom.

 Click here to read his vignette

What does Professional Development mean to you? Would you like to earn £50 by writing a 'vignette' (a short piece of approx 400 words) describing how an activity (CPD, course, work with a consultant, ITT, peer support, networks, working groups, collaborative study, departmental/staff meetings, personal support from others...) has contributed to your sense of developing professionally?

 Contact Tim Coombs for more details

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Feature of the Fortnight
Maths Young Leaders Award
Click here to find out about one of Wood Green High School's initiatives - the Maths Young Leaders Award. 
West Midlands-based Research
Are you keen to find out what mathematics education research is being carried out right here in the West Midlands?
Network Events & News for Post-16 Teachers & Trainers
Information about forthcoming Network Events will be posted here shortly.
Information Meetings 
Come along and join us.
Forthcoming event - 7 March 2009: STEM Fair at Enginuity, Ironbridge - FREE to teachers, education officers and their families in the West Midlands.

What is STEM?
HLTA - Higher Level Teaching Assistants
The national agreement on raising standards and tackling workload recognised that school support staff already make a vital contribution to pupils' learning and achievement'
West Midlands Teachers' Community
A forum for teachers across the West Midlands to gather and/or offer ideas and information, to ask/or answer questions, to debate and argue ... and often, just to browse