|This dynamic conference took place in Manchester on 3 December. Close on 200 delegates from a wide variety of schools, colleges and HEIs across the country came together to make invaluable connections, form networks, do creative mathematics and hear how key NCETM CPD projects and research can make dramatic changes to your classroom practice.
On this event microsite you will find out about innovative student resources, effective CPD research projects and how they can be applied effectively in the classroom.
The materials from the conference will help you explore how to:
- deliver inspirational mathematics in the classroom
- inspire your students to study mathematics at post-16 and university
- become researchers and develop mathematics education research
- establish dialogue between teachers in schools, colleges and HEIs.
Influential speakers from the world of mathematics education and research offer the benefit of their experience and challenging workshops provide thought-provoking approaches and opportunities for developing your mathematics pedagogy and practice.
Maths of the Mind, a special NCETM and MoreMathsGrads event at Manchester University the evening before, got the ball rolling with a feast of inspiring, real-world maths, appealing to an audience of all ages and levels of experience. Leading mathematician Professor Peter McOwan of London University’s Queen Mary College, explains how we can use our brains to understand mathematics, but also use mathematics to understand our brains. In this fascinating speech, he explores how optical illusions can help us understand how we see and demonstrated how this knowledge can build novel computer devises.
Keynote speaker Professor Paul Glendinning, from the Department of Mathematics at Manchester University explores what it means to be a mathematician and asks what is communicated in the classroom unconsciously. Subliminal messages and cues can shape learners’ views of about mathematics, often negatively, at a very early stage – if the maths part of the primary school day is introduced with a sigh and ‘Ok, now, we’re going to do mathematics’, the message that maths is hard, or boring, is conveyed, rather than a sense of excitement. He also looks at the false opposition between pure maths; applied maths and statistics, and the serious consequences that ‘bad maths’ can have in society – for example, the false assumption that three cot deaths in one family was a statistical impossibility that led to a wrongful conviction for murder.
A wealth of workshops range from MoreMathsGrads – What’s in the tin? to, Teacher as Researcher. In the latter, full-time teachers look at their experiences of research, as a work-based project or an MA, and explore issues such as finding time for research and getting started. What’s in the tin? showcases some of the ways highly qualified graduates are working with their local schools to increase the number of mathematics graduates. On-line, Live and Interactive Professional Development in Mathematics, introduces Elluminate, an online package teachers can use to refresh their mathematical knowledge and develop new ways to teach old topics.
In the plenary, several teachers talk about the dramatic learning generated by their research experiences – both at classroom and academic level. They describe how preconceptions were startlingly undermined to produce great research and eye-opening CPD to become more inspirational in the classroom
You can read how teachers across phases have learned from and applied their research experiences in our Teacher Enquiry Bulletin.
To find out more about research and how it can inform and enhance your CPD, and to apply for an NCETM research grant go to www.ncetm.org.uk/research.