03 January 2018
The latest NCETM podcast tells the story of a primary teacher undergoing a powerful maths lesson observation experience in Shanghai, and features an explanation of how this style of group observation is influencing Maths Hubs' work in England.
The podcast features two primary teachers working with the North North West Maths Hub, which operates across Cumbria and the north of Lancashire.
One of the teachers, Jonathan Leeming, gave a lesson, on small denominations of money (1p, 2p and 5p pieces), to a class in Shanghai, and then repeated the lesson to a different class, with key changes following feedback from a group of teachers who observed the first lesson. In the podcast, he explains how the experience has affected his thoughts about lesson observations in general.
The other teacher, Helen Madeley, who has a leadership role in primary work in the North North West Maths Hub, explains how the Shanghai approach to collaborative lesson planning, observation and discussion is influencing all Work Groups in the field of teaching for mastery across the Maths Hubs Network.
Previous NCETM podcasts have covered entry requirements for A level maths, and lessons passed on by the exam boards when they marked last summer’s first sitting of the new maths GCSE.
Exchange teachers from Shanghai will be giving maths lessons in primary schools across England at the end of January, with numerous opportunities for group observation. Contact your local Maths Hub to see if there are spaces available.
You can also read about Jonathan Leeming's lesson observation experiences in our most recent Primary Magazine.