Maths Scholars Resources Workshop

We have a fantastic line up for the Maths Scholars Resources Workshop taking place on Saturday 10 March 2018 at the National STEM Learning Centre.

The amazing world of the ‘Interlocking Cube’ – Steve Lyon (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. For the last five years I have been mathematics lead at the National STEM Learning Centre 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.

Resources for problem solving at GCSE - Michael Anderson (National STEM Learning Centre)

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.

Fun in the Sun – Peter Ransom (The Mathematical Association)

 Presented by John Blagrave (aka Peter Ransom), gentleman of Reading in his 1610 costume. This deals with the life and times of John Blagrave and one of his books on sundial construction. You will make a sundial from a wire coat-hangar and a plastic bottle (or a Pringles can if you bring one!). The mathematics of how to read the time is explained and the session sometimes finishes with a short video. If time permits an origami sundial is folded and the mathematics of why it works is explored.

Totally STEM, involving mainly mathematics with a great deal of Earth science, and engineering. It is unlikely that we will have time to deal with the technology, but a link will be given to all the materials used, plus a host of other sundial stuff

Peter Ransom is the Chair of Council (and a Past President) of The Mathematical Association and a semi-retired freelancer. He worked with Bath Spa University’s School of Education from 2010 to 2015 and works with a variety of mathematics teachers as part of The Prince’s Teaching Institute. Peter has just finished his six-year term on the Education Committee of the LMS, is a Fellow of the IMA and also belongs to the ATM and BSHM. He was involved with the Bowland Maths initiative as project leader for the sundials case study. Recently he co-authored a textbook on Core Maths and has written chapters for a textbook on IGCSE Additional Mathematics

Peter spent over 30 years teaching secondary mathematics in state comprehensives and left the classroom in 2010 to integrate more into family life and the professional associations, to do more research and to attend conferences without having to worry about missing school time. He takes risks. He has enjoyed mathematics all his life and tries to pass on that enjoyment to all he meets including his three grandsons. He has been known to travel around the country with a cannonball and sword.

An introduction to the new level 3 maths qualification, Core Maths - Terry Dawson (MEI)

 This session will provide a brief introduction to a new level 3 qualification designed to provide a mathematical foundation for students intending to study social sciences and other data rich courses at University. In the session we will try out some of the teaching materials for this new course and examine how and why this is different from A Level Mathematics.

Terry worked in the steel industry before completing a BEd (Hons) in Secondary Mathematics in 1991. He has taught in secondary schools for over 21 years, including 13 years as Head of Mathematics, and 2 years as an Assistant Headteacher and Local Authority Consultant. He joined MEI in April 2013 and has worked with the curriculum team to develop the new Core Maths qualification, teaching resources, and related teaching and learning approaches. Terry has developed and led CPD sessions for teachers and subject leaders, and been involved in lesson study sessions.


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