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NCETM Annual Conference - Workshop: Mathematics Matters - Valuing what is important

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Created on 30 June 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 18 August 2008 by ncetm_administrator
NCETM Annual Conference 2008 - London, 17th June 2008
This was a memorable day packed full of positive ideas and strategies focused on improving mathematics teaching and learning for all. The Conference featured the launch of both the Primary Mathematics Review and the NCETM Annual Report.

Mathematics Matters at the NCETM Conference

Valuing What is Important

Malcolm Swan summarised the Executive Summary of the Mathematics Matters Report.  A full version of the report will be available shortly at www.ncetm.org.uk/mathematicsmatters

The Mathematics Project is intending to give guidance to answer the question “What promotes effective learning in mathematics?” under four key headings:
  • Values and purposes behind teaching mathematics
  • Principles underpinning the teaching of mathematics
  • What do these values and principles look like in the classroom?
  • What are the barriers to promoting effective learning?

It is just over a year since the launch of the project in May 2007.  In addition to the launch conference, there have been six one-day regional colloquia where teachers and mathematics educators have thought about memorable lessons, the values and principles they hold and identified strategies for overcoming obstacles.

There was much agreement about the Values and Principles and these findings also mirrored statements in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3

Click here to read The Programme of Study for Key Stage 3

Malcolm Swan highlighted some of the key findings of the Mathematics Matters Report:

  • societal values
  • personal values
  • intrinsic mathematical values, and
  • using mathematics in context.

These are all key factors in developing lessons that promote learning in mathematics.

Teaching should also value each of the following learning outcomes:

  • fluency in recalling facts and performing skills
  • conceptual understanding and interpretations for representations
  • strategies for investigation and problem solving
  • awareness of the nature and values of the educational system, and
  • appreciation of the power of mathematics in society.

Teachers may want to consider where they are now on the scale of using each of these teaching approaches and how to move to where they would ideally want to be.

“When you reflect on your own practice, and then do something about it … “
is a key aspect of improving practice.

Malcolm Swan gave some interesting examples from the ‘Bowland Maths Project’ that illustrated using mathematics in context:

  • Reducing road accidents
  • How risky is life?

Click here to read a brief description of each activity:

The Mathematics Matters project is a succinct summary valuing what is important in the teaching of mathematics. 

Click here for a copy of Malcolm Swan’s presentation (Coming Soon)
Click here to read a copy of the Executive Summary.
Click here to read more about the Mathematics Matters Project.


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