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Mathematics Content Knowledge Self-evaluation Tools

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Created on 01 November 2007 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 23 May 2012 by ncetm_administrator

The NCETM has developed Self-evaluation Tools to allow teachers to reflect on two key areas required for successful teaching:

Whether you are an Early Years, Primary, Middle or Secondary teacher, whatever experience and understanding you have of mathematics, it is always useful to take time to look at your understanding again from a different perspective.

"The resources are easy to use and thought provoking in its suggestions, the tool will become increasingly useful as it develops from pure subject knowledge into its application in the real world classroom."
Andy Wilson, Head of Mathematics, Sir Christopher Hatton Mathematics and Computing School

Different teachers bring different ways of looking at things and by gathering their views into our own wisdom our knowledge and understanding of mathematics increases.

The NCETM Mathematics Content Knowledge Self-evaluation Tools, based on National Curriculum and exam syllabus content for the early years foundation stage, Key Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, are a breath of fresh air. Each key stage is separate and the content areas are also clearly signposted so you can take it one step at a time. The tool is straightforward to use with clear and unambiguous examples.

When you are using the Self-evaluation Tools as an individual, once you are logged in your work is saved so you can pick it up later when you want to revisit, so you can spend even a few minutes to gain some worthwhile information and examples. You can also take longer when you have the time.

It is also possible to use the Self-evaluation Tools as a group of teachers:

  • 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 online community for your group to continue the discussion and all your development over time.
" The Example box not only clarifies the objective being assessed but frequently suggests a new way to present familiar material."

We also welcome your feedback – let us know how you have used the tool for your and your colleagues’ professional development. You can contact us by email or use our online form.



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13 January 2010 20:25
As subject leader for maths I have asked colleagues to complete both of the self evaluation sections. In discussion with colleagues the information will be used to identify whole school, phase and individual training needs. This will then be written up as an action plan and included as part of the SDP. The information will also form part of the SEF. A great tool.
By MHughes88
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