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Have you looked at the NCETM Self-evaluation Tools (SETs) recently? If you haven’t I would urge you to revisit your Personal Learning Space!
As it says on the Self-evaluation Tools homepage, “Self-evaluation is a powerful and productive way of supporting your own professional development. At one end it can be done in the privacy of your own home, when you make time to think and reflect on what a piece of mathematics might mean so you can teach it more effectively, or about how you may wish to progress your teaching career. Teachers can also ‘self-evaluate’ as part of a professional development group in a school and many teachers find this a useful exercise for a departmental meeting.” You may also want to think about who in your department might find the SETs particularly useful – the NQT, the teaching assistant or the teacher teaching a new level for the first time.
To use the SETs as a department:
- create a username and password for your group and register with this information
- complete the evaluation as a group – share your understanding and ideas as you check out each section – plan your training needs as a group to improve understanding in particular aspects of the syllabus
- create an on-line community for your group to continue the discussion and all your development over time.
At the moment, the mathematics content knowledge activities cover all stages from early years learning to adult education. The mathematics-specific pedagogy activities go from Early Years learning, to Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 and Adult Education are coming soon.
You can read a more detailed description of the SETs here, where you will also find case studies of how the they have been used in various settings. At present there is not a case study on how they have been used by teachers in the post-16 sector. If you would be interested in writing such a case study, please contact us.
If you click Mathematics Content Knowledge, you will be taken to a page which looks like this:
Here you can choose between:
Key Stage 4 (GCSE resit)
Key Stage 5 (AS-level)
Key Stage 5 (A2-level)
Further Maths (AS-level)
Further Maths (A2-level)
After selecting the stage, you are then able to select which topic you would like to work on.
When you start doing the self-evaluation you will find it often useful to look at the example attached to each question. In fact, for a teacher who is unsure of a topic, this may be one of the most helpful aspects of the tools.
Once you have completed the answers and clicked 'Next', you will receive a summary of what you have done:
At this stage, you are able to write notes on what you have done and also save a snapshot of the page which will appear in your PLS Timeline.
You will notice that after some of the areas there is a button labelled ‘next steps’. This will lead you to a page with lots of useful links to develop your knowledge further. For example, you can see the wealth of material that you see if you click on the ‘next steps’ for ‘Applying mathematics to problem solving’.
Further down the page you will find suggestions for Research and Further Reading!!
Hopefully, this taster of what can be found within the SETs will whet your appetite and encourage you to explore further the tools by yourself or with your colleagues!