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The University-based strand of the course is highly practical and reflective, the sessions modelling the techniques that you need to acquire. Emphasis is placed on developing a range of approaches to teaching mathematics, including investigative, practical and discussion, which encourages pupils both to think mathematically and become fluent in their skills. On the course, we train everyone to teach Mathematics to all ages and abilities from year 7 to year 13. Mathematicians on the course at Brookes work in a specialist room with access to an up-to-date selection of resources for teaching Mathematics, including textbooks, teaching packs, videos and visual aids, via the resources room and the library. Computing facilities enable you to have the skills and become familiar with software for Mathematics and, as part of the programme, we will consider how to integrate Information and Communications Technology (ICT) into Mathematics teaching.
In the first part of the course you will be introduced to and given time to develop your knowledge and expertise in such areas as: How children learn and how do we facilitate their learning The National Curriculum Assessment of learning Differentiation to cater for pupils' varying abilities The use of IT in teaching Mathematics Lesson planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation Low achievers in Mathematics. During the first school experience of six weeks, you are gradually introduced to teaching under the supervision of a mathematics mentor. You will work with individuals, small groups, parts of lessons to whole groups and, buy the end of the practice, will plan and teach some whole lessons to whole classes. The second school experience is when you really develop the important competencies to be a mathematics teacher. It lasts nine weeks and you will undertake responsibility for the planning, teaching and assessment of whole classes for a number of weeks, ably guided and supported by your mentors. In the third term, we extend your teaching skills, broadening also into the areas of post-16 education and aspects of equal opportunities in Mathematics. You will have the opportunity in the third school experience to consider a chosen area in depth. Whilst no specific input is offered to upgrade or develop your own level of Mathematics, we offer time through Independent Studies sessions to work collaboratively with others on content which you may need.
Oxford Brookes University