Our meetings are fun, and a place to meet like-minded Maths teachers, who want to keep fresh and current in their subject, or who want a bit of inspiration or classroom ideas and activities.
Mon 03 Mar • 18:00
Good beginnings with Dr Louisa Watts
The talk will look at an investigation and analysis of Lesson Starters that Louisa has carried out as part of her PGCE.
Louisa was trained as a scientist with a degree in Chemistry, an MSc and PhD in Oceanography.
Louisa spent 7 years as a post-doc, lectured in various venues (including 2 years with the Open University) and has worked in Science Communications at the Research Council.
During this time Louisa helped out at a further education college in adult mathematics night classes. She later voluntarily taught numeracy at a local charity. Two years passed and with a completed PTLLS Louisa left her science profession to retrain in adult-teaching. She undertook a PGCE at Swindon College and has been teaching night classes to adults in Functional Skills (levels 1 and 2) in Mathematics. Louisa is due to complete her PGCE in June 2014.
Refreshments served from 17:50
Mon 29 Apr 2013 • 18:00-19:30
ATM Conference 2013 Revisited
We’re very pleased to have John White to lead this event and to walk us through a couple of his favourite ATM Conference sessions.
John is well-known in Swindon as both a gifted teacher and also formerly the Maths Inspector for the Swindon LA. He is now at Isambard Kingdom School as well as playing a leading role in the National ATM, being a member of the General Council of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.
Also sharing his conference impressions will be Melios Michael, who is a regular attender of the branch and is a teacher at Nova Hreod. Melios’ enthusiasm for maths is contagious.
Monday 11th November 2013
Our Branch Secretary Audrey Curnock gave a talk entitled 'What makes an Outstanding Maths Lesson?' She reviewed extracts from two recently published two books. One by Mark Burns & Andy Griffith called 'Engaging Learners', and one by Jane Bartlett called 'Becoming an Outstanding Mathematics Teacher'. The talk gave lots of food for thought and ideas for lessons –including Bell work and a Big Question (often used in Humanities subjects). The Big Question is where learners are asked to give an initial answer to a problem – eg. Does 819 belong to the sequence 245, 252, 259, 266, ... Learners put their response on a post-it note with their name and place it on the wall under suitable headings Yes and No. During the lesson students would investigate patterns in sequences. In the Lesson Plenary the teacher would revisit the Big Question and in order to be able to demonstrate progress in learning, make use a Progression Line. A progression line would be around the classroom with placards stating the various levels of the Learning Outcomes for the lesson. Learners are asked to put their final responses (with justification and an example from their work) on another post-it note and place against the Learning Outcome that most closely reflects how they’ve progressed.
Mon 28 Jan 2013 • 18:00-19:30
Inside Symmetry with Jayne Stansfield: a practical hands-on work shop
We are delighted to welcome Jayne Stansfield from Bath Spa University’s School of Education. Jayne is the Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course Leader at BSU and also the Branches Officer for ATM.
In this workshop we will work together on some mathematical ideas which lurk beneath the surface of Escher style tessellations.
This will be based around a talk given at the ATM Conference in April 2012 by Bob Burns.
24 Sep 2012 • 18:00-19:30
Practical Algebra KS2 to KS4
Our first speaker is Mr Joe Murray — a schools Maths inspector for many years. He will be talking on Practical Algebra KS2 to KS4.
This will be a very hands-on session. The racetrack games are in 3 levels [KS2 to KS4]. Some of the things are from ATM’s ‘What Kind of Game is Algebra?’
£2 for members and £3 for non-members to cover speaker transport and refreshments.