Enriching the leadership of mathematics
Last year we worked with Nrich to offer the 'Progression in Reasoning' course and this year we are working with Nrich again, offering Primary Maths Leader days.
This popular series has run in Cambridge for a number of years as part of Nrich’s Primary CPD menu. We are pleased to be able to offer this to schools in the South West.
It will be led by Fran Watson who delivered the popular 'Progression in Reasoning' programme for Bristol subject leaders in 2015/16.
Aim: To support Mathematics Leaders in nurturing confident, resourceful and enthusiastic teachers and learners of mathematics in their schools by:
• Enriching mathematical experiences for all learners.
• Offering challenging and engaging activities.
• Developing mathematical thinking and problem solving skills.
• Showing mathematics in meaningful contexts.
• Enriching the experience of the mathematics curriculum.
The final day of the programme has a real focus on problem solving:
Session 1: The Problem with Problem Solving
We will explore some of the challenges in teaching problem solving; including its definition, its setting within mathematics, the types of tasks that can be offered and the strategies which might be applied to work on them. Delegates will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a variety of NRICH problems to exemplify these different aspects.
Session 2: Developing Problem Solvers
Teachers will consider the place of problem solving within the National Curriculum and the construction of both content and skills objectives within their planning. We will share the NRICH problem solving process and discuss the 'teacher tactics’ best employed to support different approaches.
Session 3: Enabling Problem Solvers
To encourage teachers and learners to become increasingly self-reflective, we will dig deeper into the ideas of problem solving characteristics, the mindsets that can help or hinder progress and what a ‘Grit test’ score really means!
Session 4: Opportunities, Strategies and Confidence
We will invite delegates to identify problem solving opportunities, provide ways that strategies and progress might be assessed, and consider how important characteristics such as confidence and risk taking, can enable every lesson to be a problem solving lesson.