• Podcast

Secondary maths teaching in Shanghai: two teachers reflect

Two Mastery Specialist teachers give their impressions of maths teaching in a secondary school in Shanghai

  • Published: 10/01/2019

How does maths teaching in a secondary school in Shanghai look and feel to experienced observing teachers from secondary schools in England? Two Mastery Specialist teachers from North West England, who were among a group of teachers from Maths Hubs who visited Shanghai during school year 2018/19, give their impressions.

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

  • Jayne Watts, teacher at Alsager School and Secondary Teaching for Mastery Lead for North Mids and Peaks Maths Hub
  • Dave Connell, 2nd in Maths at Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham, and Secondary Teaching for Mastery Lead for North West Two Maths Hub
  • Gwen Tresidder, NCETM Communications Manager

Episode chapters

  • 03:46 – Most striking things in the classroom
  • 06:59 – Most striking things about the children
  • 09:24 – Applying mastery in the English cultural context
  • 11:05 – How Chinese students get ahead of their English peers
  • 12:41 – Culture of collaborative working 
  • 16:01 – Lessons from teaching Chinese students
  • 18:01 – Changing practice as a result of visit
  • 22:20 – What about pupils that say ‘I can already do that’?

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