News, views and updates from the NCETM Regional Coordinators
The University of Leicester is offering a postgraduate Certificate Course for Secondary Mathematics Teachers through the academic year 2008-2009.
This practical and relevant course will provide you with the opportunity to deepen and broaden your knowledge, skills and understanding of issues in mathematics education.
The course will cover issues such as:
- what helps and hinders pupils' learning;
- how the use of technology can affect the learning and the teaching of mathematics;
- the role of written and spoken language in mathematical learning assessment.
All taught sessions will take place at the University of Leicester School of Education. You can find more information from the East Midlands regional page, or click here for the event listing.
I have been teaching now for 11 years and over that time my style has not really changed. I think this is due to my second year 'on the job'. I was introduced to an advisor, and I cannot now even remember his name. He had some 'way out' ideas, (really way out in some cases!) which for a teacher in a low-attaining comprehensive seemed a bit far fetched. Mostly it involved getting pupils out of their seats and, when you spend half your lesson getting them to sit down, that did make it all seem like the ramblings of a madman…
Find out what happened to Kevin, a secondary teacher in Birmingham, who describes a key conversation from several years ago that changed his approach to teaching, in one of the many vignettes that can be found here.
East of England
Have you completed the QCA consultation on the 2010 curriculum changes? You can have your say here.
On November 7 and November 18 Bowland Maths and the NCETM are offering two more FREE training days for those of you who missed the round of events in June. Bowland Maths is a suite of exciting and realistic case studies designed to change learners’ views of mathematics. They develop thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills.
The materials are targeted at Key Stage 3 but are suitable for all learners. All schools will be sent the materials on disc this term, and they are freely available for download for UK users from the website. More details can be found at the London Regional pages.
Initial Teacher Education
Last academic year, we spoke to 250 trainee teachers and 30 subject mentors. So far this year, we have arranged visits to Brighton, Canterbury Christchurch, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth, Southampton and Sussex Universities. If you are a SCITT, a DRB or a HEI who has trainee teachers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to talk to your trainees about the role of the NCETM and the ways in which it can support beginning teachers.
South West Gate supports gifted and talented education across the South West by providing opportunities for:
Find out more through the Southwest Regional pages or directly through South West Gate.
- pupil master classes and workshops;
- professional development for teachers including action research projects;
- updates on research and resources;
- networking and information-sharing for educational professionals and parents.
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