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Meetings venue

Room 422, 4th Floor, School of Education, University of Birmingham

Since we are a branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association we are wanting to encourage everyone to be members of one or both of the associations. So our changes for the day will reflect this with £2 towards refreshments and travel for the speaker but FREE if you are a member of one of the associations.


Forthcoming meetings

Thursday 15 June 2017, 19:00 start for 19:15. Finishing at 20:45

My Favourite Lesson: primary and secondary - Gary Setchell and Ben Orlin

Together they will each share one of their favourite lessons and why they find these lessons so productive. In addition they will be asking you to come prepared to share one of your favourite lessons as well to a small group of five other teachers, who will share theirs with you. 

Venue: Room 422 (Fourth Floor), School of Education, University of Birmingham.

Please email Lindsey to let her know if you intend to go. Free if you are a member of ATM/MA or £2 otherwise


Previous meetings

Saturday 11 March 2017, 9:30 for 10:00 start. Finishing at 13:00

The Symbols and the Symbolised - Pete Griffin (NCETM)

We can be lured into thinking that the symbols we use in mathematics are the mathematics itself. During the session we will explore some mathematical situations and think about ways in which learners might be given some control over symbolising these situations themselves. 

Venue: Room G39 (Ground floor, go through doors next to the reception), School of Education, University of Birmingham. The building is R19 on the map below:

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

Please email Lindsay Francome to book a place. The cost is free to ATM or MA members (£2 otherwise) 


Monday 3rd October 2016, 7.00pm for 7.15pm start. It will finish at 8.45pm

 

We are delighted that Jonny Griffiths will be running the session

Jonny used to write a regular column for TES based around stories from his classroom. He now works for Cambridge University helping them develop resources for their ‘Underground Mathematics’ website. For our session he will be working with us on some of the Rich Starting Points (Risps) developed for A level students. Some of these ideas will also be of interest to those teaching KS4 as well and can be adapted for KS3. As always, the session will also be about us enjoying doing mathematics together!

Venue: It will be held in room G39, which is on the ground floor of the School of Education, University of Birmingham. The building is R19 on the map below:

 http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

 Can you please email Dave to book your place in order to help with catering. Cost is free for ATM or MA members, £2 otherwise. 

Thursday 23rd June 19:00 for 19:15 start and it will finish about 20:45

My Favourite Lesson - Primary and Secondary - Peter Hawley and Karen Finch

It is a session for both primary and secondary teachers where you will find out about other people's favourite lessons and what makes them so special. In particular, Peter Hawley will be offering his favourite mathematics lesson within his primary school and Karen Finch will be doing the same for her secondary classroom. Their contributions will be interspersed with each of us also sharing one of our own favourite lessons with a small group of fellow teachers. So, by the end of the evening you will have many good ideas of possible lessons to try with your own classes. 

Venue: The meeting will be held in room G39 on the ground floor of the School of Education, University of Birmingham. The building is R19 on the map below:

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

As usual, if you can email me to let me know you intend to come, it will help with organising the drinks. Cost is free for ATM or MA Members, £2 otherwise

Downoad flyer here


Saturday 19th March 9.30 for 10am start and we will finish at 1pm.

Great ideas from ATM and MA publications and why I like them! - Dave Hewitt 

ATM and MA have many excellent publications. I will focus on two from each association and invite you to engage in some of the activities included within them. Alongside this I will share some reasons why I like the activities and what opportunities I feel they offer in developing the mathematician ‘from within’ as well learning the mathematics in the curriculum.

The meeting will be held in room G39, which is on the ground floor of the School of Education, University of Birmingham. The building is R19 on the map below:

 http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

 As always, please can you email me to book your place. You can assume there are still places available unless I send out another email saying it is full.

 Cost is free for ATM or MA members, £2 otherwise.


Thursday 19th November 2015, 19:00-20:45

A reminder about the next ATM/MA branch meeting. There are still a few places left if you have not booked your place yet. 

Attached is information about the next Birmingham Branch of ATM/MA meeting. It is a session about Shanghai maths following a visit by Elizabeth Bridgett (Kings Norton Girls) and Kiran Bhangal (John Henry Newman School) to Shanghai and now Bian Xinyuan and Sijun Wang (Echo and Vivienne) from Shanghai who are currently here in Birmingham teaching our students. They will be here to talk about the planning, teaching and curriculum in Shanghai and getting us to do some Shanghai mathematics! They say it will bear no resemblance to BBC’s Chinese School Experiment!

 The meeting will be held in room G39, which is on the ground floor of the School of Education, University of Birmingham. The building is R19 on the map below:

 http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf 

As this is likely to be a popular session, can you please email me to book your place. You can assume there are still places available unless I send out another email saying it is full. 

Cost is free for ATM or MA members, £2 otherwise.


Thursday 25th June • 19:15 - 20:45 

My favourite lesson: primary and secondary

Helen Hackett (Parkfield Community) Claire Duncan (World’s End Primary) David Lawrence (Kings Norton Girls)

This session will be a sharing of each of our favourite lessons. Helen and Claire are primary teachers and David is a secondary teacher. Together they will each share one of their favourite lessons and why they find these lessons so productive. In addition, they will be asking you to come prepared to share one of your favourite lessons as well to a small group of five other teachers, who will also share theirs with you. You will have only five minutes each for that sharing, so do not plan a long speech!

So come prepared to get a lot of lesson ideas which have worked well for other teachers as well as being prepared to share your own favourite lesson.

The meeting will be held in room 422 on the fourth floor of the School of Education, University of Birmingham. The building is R19 on the map below:

 http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

If you can email me to let me know you intend to come, it will help with organising drinks.

Cost is free for ATM or MA members, £2 otherwise.


7th February 2015 - 9.30 - 13:00 

The session will be lead by Lyne McClure and will be called 'Rich Tasks - Bringing Reasoning and Fluency Together' 

Meeting Venue

The meeting will be held on the ground floor in G39 at the School of Education, University of Birmingham. You can find a map of the building in the link below. 

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

The cost for ATM and MA members is free otherwise £2. 

Email Dave Hewitt and indicate whether you are a primary or secondary teacher. 


24 June 2014

This is advance notice of the next ATM/MA Birmingham branch meeting which will be held on Tuesday 24th June 2014. We have Lindsay Francome from Windsor High School and Sixth Form who will each be sharing one or two of her favourite lessons and there is the invitation for each of you to share one of your favourite lessons to a small group of five other teachers too (they will also share theirs with you!). Please see the attached flyer for more information.

The leaflet offers an overview of the event. It would be helpful if you can email me to let me know if you are coming to know numbers to help arrange drinks and biscuits.

The session will be in room 422, which is on the 4th floor of the School of Education building at the University of Birmingham. The session will be 7.00 for 7.15pm start and will finish at 8.45pm..

Since we are a branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association we are wanting to encourage everyone to be members of one or both of the associations. So the evening will be free if you are a member or £2 if not.

For those not familiar with the University please see a link to that map below. The School of Education is building R19 on this map.


15 Feb 2014

The next ATM/MA Birmingham branch meeting will be held on the morning of Saturday 15th February 2013. We have Colin Foster from Nottingham University. He will be considering the first of the three aims of the new mathematics National Curriculum, which is about˜gaining fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics. Colin will be offering his own unique take on this. For those who don't know, Colin taught in secondary schools for 12 years before becoming a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on the design of rich, open mathematical tasks and the ways in which teachers and learners use, adapt and own them in the classroom. He is a frequent contributor to Mathematics Teaching and Mathematics in School and has written many books of mathematical tasks, some published by ATM and MA. He has a website where See www.foster77.co.uk for further details about Colin.


Wed 15 May 2013 • 19:00

Dave Coglan and Kevin Young from Kings Norton Girls School.

Sharing one of their favourite lessons and there is the invitation for each of you to share one of your favourite lessons to a small group of five other teachers too (they will also share their's with you!).

It would be helpful if you can email me to let me know if you are coming to know numbers to help arrange drinks and biscuits.


Sat 26 Jan 2013 • 09:30-13:00

A morning with Pythagoras: don’t mention the theorem!

With Geoff Faux, Open University and ex-Mathematics Adviser for Cumbria.

Pythagoras is quoted as believing that the gods used the small whole numbers to design the universe. Where was his evidence?

During the session, we will start with small whole numbers but also remind ourselves that in 600 BCE there was no Arabic base ten symbol system. One consequence of that is that they generated numbers from length, area and ratio. From geometry there is then the question that perhaps the gods existed in a higher dimension. Are there patterns as we move up a dimension that we mortals should have noticed?

Much of the work will be practical including work with scissors and A4 sheets of paper and will be suitable for teachers of KS2-4.


03 Oct 2012 • 19:15-20:45

Laurinda Brown from the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol giving us 10 starting points which will cover much of the syllabus. 

On doing the same problem

Are you always looking for a new idea to keep you interested in your teaching? Although you will get some new ideas in this session, we will be working on the minimal set of ‘big’ problems that could cover a syllabus.

As a teacher, then, you could be using the same problem with different classes and becoming aware of the different responses from the students and how to deal with them. There are always surprises! The first step is to explore the mathematics yourself. This session will discover how much of the syllabus is covered from 10 starting points leading to exploration spaces.


We have Elizabeth Bridgett from Kings Norton Girls School and Jon Ingram from Rugby School giving us activities and ideas about teaching statistics and mechanics respectively..


With Christopher Martin from Haverstock School in London.


Transformation, invariance and adaptability

  • We don’t need to do a sum we are presented with — we can make it easier
  • All shapes bounded by straight lines are rectangles in disguise
  • Algebra is a study of allowable transformations
  • All ratio and percentage problems are identical
  • All tessellations are actually triangle tessellations

There is an argument (Tall and Gray) that students who struggle with maths are held back by using more demanding skills than those who are successful. This session will explore ways in which teachers can focus on choice and transformation, across several topic areas, as a means of encouraging greater student facility.

Don Steward has worked on finding better ways to teach maths topics for very many years. This session is suitable for KS2 and secondary teachers.

We have Don Steward who has a strong association with Birmingham, having worked with many schools in the area. He is also well known for his wonderful MEDIAN materials. 


29 Jun 2011 • 19:00

Reaching the Core A Level

Andrew Steed from BCU will be demonstrating ways of teaching A Level Mathematics using the computer package ‘Autograph’.

Lindsay from Windsor School will be introducing a variety of activities from the ‘Reaching the Core of AS Mathematics’ publication — copies will be available for sale.


Sat 29 Jan 2011 • 10:00-13:00

Promoting and Assessing Mathematical Thinking

With John Mason • Oxford University, ex-Open University.

Participants will be invited to engage in mathematical thinking for themselves, and to reflect both on how to promote it in others and to assess its development in learners. Tasks will be chosen to be suitable for your own development, with possibilities for modifications for use across the age range from primary to secondary.


Wed 13 Oct 2010

Engaging learners to think mathematically

Presented by Charlie Gilderdale.

The NRICH website initially published problems targeted at highly achieving maths students. Recently we have tried to cater for a much wider range of students by creating ‘low threshold - high ceiling’ tasks. This session will offer teachers the opportunity to work on some of these tasks, and to see how such activities allow all students to engage with key mathematical processes, regardless of their prior level of achievement.


Wed 16 Jun 2010 • 19:00 - 20:45

Teaching and learning are co-operative activities: ideas that have inspired us

Katherine Carlisle (Aston Manor School) and David Lawrence (Plantsbrook School)

At the British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME) Easter Conference Katherine and David were fortunate to have worked with many creative and rich ideas for use in the mathematics classroom.

Having been inspired by the process of working on and discussing these ideas with others, they now present a condensed session where you will have a similar opportunity to work on and discuss some of these ideas with other passionate mathematics teachers.

Although these tasks are focused upon the secondary mathematics classroom, many of them have great potential to be used at the primary stage and so our primary colleagues are also more than welcome to attend.

Please e-mail d.p.hewitt@bham.ac.uk to confirm attendance.


Thu 19 Nov 2009

Adapting and Extending: Geometry from the Isosceles Triangle

Pat Perks and Stephanie Prestage

This was a practical session based on the symmetry of the isosceles triangle and its relation to the circle.

For those who may have been to an isosceles triangle session with us before we aimed to find a new edge.

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