**We have a fantastic line up for the Maths Scholars Resources Workshop taking place on Saturday 22 February 2020 at the National STEM Learning Centre.**

Enter the amazing world of the ‘Interlocking Cube’ in which you will discover how interlocking cubes can be used to unlock the hidden secrets of a range of mathematical topics leading to enhanced understanding and a greater appreciation of the mathematical structure which lies behind the topics taught in secondary schools. This is a hands-on practical session from which you will take away a number of activities you can use in the classroom.

I taught mathematics for over 25 years in a variety of secondary schools, all abilities and age ranges up to further mathematics. After being head of mathematics at a mathematics and computing school, I became an advanced skills teacher working in primary and secondary schools in York. I am now the mathematics lead at STEM Learning where I plan and deliver CPD, working with teachers of mathematics. I also lead courses exploring the teaching of mathematics in science and technology lessons. I am also the level 3 lead for the Yorkshire ridings Maths Hub.

What is problem solving and how do you teach problem solving skills? In this session we will explore how you can use and adapt a range of existing maths resources to easily embed problem solving in lessons. We will take a look at the requirements of the 9-1 GCSEs and what that means for maths teachers. From this session you will take away hundreds of tried and tested resources and ideas, ready for use in your maths classroom.

Michael Anderson is a Mathematics Subject Specialist for STEM Learning. Based at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, he supports the programme of secondary mathematics curriculum support resources, projects and CPD available at the centre.

Over the past 12 years Michael has taught mathematics in a number of schools both in Leeds and in New Zealand, and held a variety of positions in maths departments and within the wider school.

Areas of interest include teaching for problem solving, using manipulatives in the classroom, and making use of mathematics to support learning across the STEM subjects.

In this lively and interactive session, we will discuss what constitutes an authentic use of context when teaching mathematics. We will get hands on with some activities and reflect on simple ways to embed real life scenarios into your lessons. You will find out more about students’ options post GCSE and how you can encourage more of them to continue studying maths.

After gaining my BSc in Mathematics, I completed my PGCE in Secondary Mathematics in 2006. I have taught all levels of Mathematics in a Grammar School, a Comprehensive and a Further Education college. Before I joined MEI in 2018, I was Curriculum Team Leader of Mathematics and Level 3 Lead for Maths Hub NW3. I now work on The Advanced Maths Support Programme as a National Coordinator for Level 3 Core Maths.

I tweet @CoreMathsCat

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