Inspiring Mathematics Champions - History
Much has happened since the ‘Inspiring Mathematics Champions’ project was developed. A successful launch event took place on 25th September at Carnegie Stadium, Leeds attended by 61 adults and 20 primary school children. Presentations were given by Laura Moynahan (Yorkshire Forward), Professor Celia Hoyles OBE (NCETM) and Normanton Junior School. It must be said that the children stole the show, as the launch photographs will confirm.
41 people embarked on continuing professional development at a workshop on 26th September 2008. Of these people 24 were trainee teachers, 10 were mentor teachers, 5 were ITT tutors and 2 were lead mentors. The atmosphere was buzzing; many of the trainee teachers were surprised to be having so much fun. One student from Leeds Metropolitan University wrote: “I really enjoyed the whole day and so many aspects of it - meeting people from the different areas was very interesting and it's great to speak to people with a different perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed the activities in the morning because I could see myself adapting and using them in the classroom and although the afternoon was more challenging it was great to work together in a group and finally find the equations and make tessellations”.
The student went on to say “The whole day really did prove to me how important fun and creativity are in Maths because I for one really struggled at school and hated it because I knew I couldn't do it and I, therefore, had absolutely no confidence. Yesterday was probably the most Maths I have done since I left school and although I still found it difficult I really enjoyed it and was motivated for the first time in years! So...Thank You!!”
Workshop 2 held on 24th October at Carnegie Stadium Leeds was also a winner. Involving games, puzzles and logic this session proved to be a very interactive and popular event. VIP observers from TDA and HE took part and praised the work of the project and commended the IMC model. The IMC Community or micro site which was set up on 14th October has in less than 1 month already had over 100 posts! It’s proving a great way of communicating between IMC members. Comments posted on the site about Workshop 2 include: “What I found to be most useful in the second workshop was using the everyday accessible resources such as dominoes, counters and dice in imaginative ways to teach the different areas of maths. The tasks have inspired me to think of creative ways in which I can adapt other resources in the classroom for mathematics” and other student commented “I’d just like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved; both workshops have been extremely helpful and I intend to use the majority of the activities in school. I cannot wait for the next session! Students outside of the project are also benefitting, Leeds Met IMC students have already shared materials with PGCE students who are not part of the IMC project.
Click below to view material from the Launch event in September
Inspiring Mathematics Champions Handbook
Launch PowerPoint Presentation
Photo Gallery from the Launch Event
Future CPD workshops include:
14 November 2008, Session 3 Cross Curricular Mathematics at York St John University
28 November 2008, Session 4 Problem Solving at National Science Centre, York University
All project beneficiaries are benefiting from subject association membership which has been arranged through the project. ATM brings together nearly 4 000 people worldwide who are concerned with mathematical education in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, and universities and offers benefits to members including six issues per year of a professional journal, professional development courses and access to conferences.
Impact & Evaluation is a critical and vital part of the IMC project. This is being built in at each stage of the project. Baseline and perception data has been collected for analysis and will be available in an interim report December 2008.
The success so far would not have been achieved with out the hard work of both the project team and the steering group. The Steering Group has representatives from Yorkshire Forward, TDA, YSJ, LMU, school and beneficiaries all are eager to see the project through to success and to act as ambassadors in promoting and broadcasting the project. The Project Team is the backbone for the development and progress of the project with representatives including Lead Associate, CPD Team, HE tutors, Project Director and Project Manager.