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Networking in the South West
A group of South West teachers recently met to start work on a range of activities to support the teaching and learning of mathematics and further mathematics at A-level.
These activities, which will be added to the What makes a good resource microsite, are linked to a short piece from the teachers giving their thoughts on what they wanted to achieve with the resource, a description of the way they used it in their classroom and some reflections about the resource and its impact.
The writing day started with some mathematics. The group worked in pairs on a resource from the Standards Unit’s Improving Learning in Mathematics, in which the rules of logarithms were revisited and practised in a context which encouraged us to discuss, experiment and reason collaboratively before settling in to share our ideas and begin the writing.
The resources that were produced include, a Mechanics Moments Mystery, a Transformation of Graphs and Functions matching resource and a Further Maths Integration activity, and these, along with other resources, will be added to the microsite over the next few weeks.
As the microsite says, “Classroom resources alone cannot guarantee effective learning and teaching. But they do have the potential to trigger new approaches and behaviours.” The intention of these resources is to share some alternative ways of thinking about teaching and learning post-16. The resources are complete but the way in which you use them in your classroom is entirely up to you. They show how one teacher used them in their classroom with their students, but your situation may be very different.
However, the pedagogy behind many of these activities echoes that suggested by the 2006 Ofsted report Evaluating mathematics provision for 14-19 year olds which found that one of the key factors that contributes to high achievement at A-level is “teaching that focuses on developing students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and enhances their critical thinking and reasoning, together with a spirit of collaborative enquiry that promotes mathematical discussion and debate.”
If you use any of these resources, please leave a comment for the teachers who wrote them letting them know how it went. If you’d like to offer any resources for consideration to be added to the microsite please contact a member of the South West RC team.