23 May 2018
In the latest issue of our Secondary Magazine we eavesdrop on a discussion about how to support deep understanding in trigonometry, and we look at how to cater for top and bottom sets in teaching for mastery.
Do you have an approach to introducing trigonometry that really exposes the structure of the concept and relationships? But at this time of year, it often becomes evident that students are simply trying to remember SOH CAH TOA, and a series of tricks for choosing the correct formula and applying it. In this article, two teachers discuss how a continuous approach to multiplicative reasoning in Key Stages 2 and 3 could support a deep understanding of trig in KS4. Why not use this as pre-reading for department curriculum development work?
The national teaching for mastery programme in Secondary is now well underway, with a second cohort of Mastery Specialists in training, and a third being recruited for the Autumn. Departments often wonder how adopting such an approach would still allow them to cater for their full spread of attainment. For this article, we visit a school in Surrey that has adopted a teaching for mastery approach and found it able to meet the needs of students in all sets.
And some other things to draw to your attention:
- Teaching for mastery in secondary phase: opportunities to find out more or get involved:
- train to be a Mastery Specialist – recruiting now
- apply for your department to supported by a Mastery Specialist in adopting teaching for mastery
- listen to the experiences of two teachers involved in the programme on our most recent podcast
- read about one school’s experience in this issue’s second feature article
- Keep an eye on BBC Breakfast this summer, where the presenters are studying for and taking GCSE maths. Their experiences may be encouraging for your students.
- Thinking about professional development? Grants and funding opportunities are available from various bodies:
- travelling fellowships for teachers travelling abroad to see good, innovative practice
- grants to encourage study of the history of mathematics
- bursaries to attend STEM Learning’s four-day summer school, New to teaching A level mathematics.
- The new Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP) began work on 1 May to support teachers of all level 3 mathematics (AS/A level Maths and Further Maths, and Core Maths). Led by the same team at MEI, it will build on the work of the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) and expand to support Core Maths and to provide additional support in areas of low participation. More information about plans for the programme can be found in MEI's April newsletter.
- Although funding for Underground Mathematics (the free resource for teachers of A level maths) has come to an end, the website lives on, and if you haven’t used it yet, is well worth a visit.
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