The Standards Unit: Improving Learning in Mathematics resources were produced as a response to the Smith report. The materials use active learning approaches originally designed for post-16 mathematics. The resources, and the work of the Standards Unit with leading maths experts in the country, were part of the Department for Education and Skills' response to the Smith Report and offer practical and effective ways to improve learning in mathematics.
The resources were developed by a range of experts including Susan Wall, a Gatsby fellow working at Wilberforce College, Hull and Professor Malcolm Swan from Nottingham University. The underlying principles to the approaches are built on research evidence of the last 30-40 years, which suggests that learning mathematics is far more successful if learners are actively engaged, encouraged to think mathematically and to see links and connections. They also accord with the findings of the Inspectorate, in relation to good practice.
Teachers and trainers should read Improving Learning in Mathematics: Challenges and Strategies before using the resources. This short book explains the underlying principles behind the development of the 'Active Learning' approaches in the materials.
This resource takes each of the ‘key ideas’ in the mathematics curriculum and provides research-based guidance about teaching these ideas to 9- to 19- year-olds. Each idea is broken down into several themes, which have links to relevant online activities and resources that exemplify the approaches presented.
This resource was designed to help teachers and trainers explore aspects of teaching and learning of Mathematics within subject and vocational areas.
This project is working to design and develop well-engineered assessment tools to support US schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. It contains:
- Classroom Challenges: lessons for formative assessment, some focused on developing math concepts, others on non-routine problem solving. A Brief Guide for teachers and administrators (PDF) is now available, and is recommended for anybody using the MAP Classroom Challenges for the first time.
- Professional Development Modules: to help teachers with the new pedagogical challenges that formative assessment presents.
These resources were developed for use with post-16 learners. They were produced to encourage active learning and follow on from extensive research and pilot studies. Each Mathematical Moment considers a particular mathematical topic and offers suggestions for learner activities. They also offer opportunities and prompts for reflection on teaching and learning practice.
The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. It is a good source of starter type problems and puzzles.
This resource, in pdf format, was written by Susan Wall to support the pilot of functional maths. It contains many good ideas which can be used both in functional mathematics and other maths courses.