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NCETM FE Summer School - York, 26th & 27th June 2008: A Summary

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Created on 10 July 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 10 August 2009 by ncetm_administrator
NCETM FE Summer School   
NCETM FE Summer School - York, 26th & 27th June 2008
The first FE Summer School took place in June 2008. Delegates attended a wide range of creative workshops and presentations where they participated in active approaches to teaching and learning mathematics.

Making Mathematics Teaching and Learning Active

“It was a fantastic opportunity for social networking, the sessions were excellent and I was really inspired. I’ll take away and use the interactive, student-centred lesson ideas. The time will fly and they won’t even realise it’s maths! I’ve also got lots of useful links and websites to explore when I get back. Overall it was brilliant and I’d like to do this every six months.”
Guy Farrugia, Southgate College

The first NCETM FE Summer School was held at the National Science Learning Centre in York on June 26 and 27 and was attended by 80 teachers and trainers from FE and sixth form colleges, prison and young offender institutions, adult and community learning, voluntary organisations and work-based learning provision. 

Delegates attended a wide range of creative workshops and presentations where they participated in active approaches to teaching and learning mathematics.

These covered a range of hands-on techniques under heading such as:
  • Using mathematics to change the world
  • Moving outside the classroom but still doing mathematics
  • People mathematics
  • Creativity in the classroom, and
  • Active learning: Maths4life.

Out of these came some refreshing approaches:

  • Get students talking and arguing over mathematics!
  • Get them thinking. Get them involved. Don’t teach from the front.
  • Make the students do the work, that way they’ll think ‘I can do it!’
  • Value what they say and ask them about the answer they got right, not always the one they got wrong.
  • Ask students to write down their answer but also to write down ‘why’
  • At the end of a lesson, give time to reflect, make notes and formalise the learning.

Along with the many resources on the NCETM website, such as the new series of learning modules, 'Thinking Through Mathematics’ Maths4Life ringbinder and Learning Maths Outside the Classroom, participants were made aware of a range of other useful resources, such as the Nrich website and were invited to attend the autumn series of NCETM Subject Coaching Networks.  Please contact your Regional Coordinator for details.


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