Are you interested in becoming a Primary Mathematics Specialist, as mentioned in the Williams Review? Canterbury Christ Church University are offering a six month course to help you update and develop your teaching with that goal in mind. The course runs from January to June 2009 and will give you an Advanced Certificate in Supporting Primary Children’s Mathematical Learning: Developing confidence to inspire children’s mathematical thinking. This course would certainly give you a foot in the door once the specialist status is up and running. See Courses and Events for more details or contact Gina Donaldson at the Department of Post Graduate Initial Teacher Education, Canterbury Christ Church University.
There some excellent providers of Early Year courses out there, and BEAM is one of them. Their course Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in the Foundation Stage is specifically for Foundation Stage teachers. Have a look in Courses and Events or go directly to BEAM for information. What a great way to start the year!
Another excellent provider of Early Years and Ket Stage 1 courses is the Children’s Mathematics Network. Founded by Maulfry Worthington and Elizabeth Carruthers, they offer a range of courses on Children’s Mathematical Graphics, as recommended in the Williams Maths Review. Browse the CMN website for valuable information about this field, and read their fascinating book Children's Mathematics: Making Marks, Making Meaning for more information.
And finally, if you are interested in mathematical novels, there is a course especially for you. Mathematics and Fiction explores the various uses of mathematics in literature. The focus is on novels by and about mathematicians and novels on mathematics. With a rich mix of speakers, the British Society of the History of Mathematics (BSHM) is offering this workshop on 30th to 31st May 2009 at Rewley House, Oxford. While you are on the train, take a selection of children’s books with you and consider how you could use them to stimulate problem-solving. Take a look at the Mathemapedia entry about Sue Rayner and her work using stories to stimulate her children’s interest in mathematical ideas and engage them in problem solving. Sue is featured in the NCETM resource Teachers Talking Theory: In Action talking about her work. Be inspired!