Monday 17th December 2018
“A New Way of Working.”
Our very own Head of Maths, Ian Thompson, has been involved with a programme which has been developed by University of Nottingham and is jointly funded by Education Endowment Foundation and JP Morgan called Maths-for-Life. A quote from the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) explains that “students re-sitting GCSE mathematics are more likely to be disengaged, and to have problems with key concepts. Maths-for-Life teaches these concepts through problems designed to re-engage learners and cement their understanding of fundamental areas. It aims to make GCSE resit classes more student-centred, focusing on problem-solving and discussion through approaches such as dialogic teaching. This project has been funded as part of joint initiative with J.P. Morgan to explore how to improve outcomes for disadvantaged 16-18 year old learners without a C or above in GCSE English or mathematics.”
Ian Thompson says, “As a teacher of over twenty years, most of which have been as Head of Maths, I am acutely aware of the importance of getting resit students a grade 4. It opens doors for them and will have a real positive effect on the rest of their lives.
It was a real challenge not telling the students what to do, but allowing then to figure it out for themselves by discussing it with their peers. I thought the cards were very well chosen to expose any cognitive conflict (which they did) amongst the students’ understanding and emphasise the usefulness of students using models of structure. Even a class that are not used to working in this style were fully engaged and finished with a greater understanding of the ratio/fraction questions. They challenged each other but were fully supportive, particularly when faced with cognitive conflict.
It’s not often that teachers have the opportunity to receive high quality training from an organisation with a record of world leading research into the teaching of maths such as the University of Nottingham. I am really pleased to be part of this project, and look forward to improved outcomes for my resit students and a greater understanding of teaching pedagogies in my own practice as a result.”
Here at John Leggott College, we are always looking for ways to expand not only our student’s minds, but our teacher’s minds too. Embarking on this journey of different teaching methods will help Ian relay individualised learning plans for students that learn in different ways to others, as everybody has their own preferred learning style.
To read the full article by Maths-for-Life, please click here.