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Title: Teaching Maths Peter Tymms


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Teaching Maths Peter Tymms
www.cemcentre.org
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Outline
  • Changing education
  • How is maths taught?
  • How does this compare to English
  • How does it compare to maths 20 years ago?
  • How do processes relate to attitudes and
    attainment?
  • Lessons for the classroom?

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Big changes e.g.Testing
  • We call it assessment now
  • KS3 test dropped
  • but 85 of schools requested the test materials
  • O level CSE ? GCSE, which is evolving
  • Course work ? controlled assessment
  • iGCSE
  • Diploma
  • A level ? AS A2 BTEC IB and entrance tests

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Can you date this?
  • Learning, alas will someday be smothered by
    examination, competition, the calculation and
    publication of results.

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J.E.C. Welldon
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Reasons
  • Dissatisfaction with the old system
  • Forgetting the lessons of history
  • Evolving culture
  • New evidence and new theories
  • New technology
  • New politicians

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Impact of Policies on Standards
  • Primary schools
  • Hundreds of millions
  • Impact on reading
  • Tiny
  • Impact on maths
  • Modest
  • Secondary
  • GCSE more passes and higher grades

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But why this discontinuity?
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Ability - A level students
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A Level same ability
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Summary
  • Massive efforts to raise standards
  • More students staying on
  • More gaining qualifications
  • Levels of basic skills have remained fairly
    constant
  • Higher grades are easier to obtain

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How do you teach Maths?
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Maths 2009
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English Lit. 2009
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Maths English 2009
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Maths 1993-2009
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Investigation
  • Looked across all subjects to find a process
  • Used little
  • Positively related to value-added
  • Positively related to attitudes
  • We found one
  • Presenting your work to the class

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Introduced in
  • Several A level courses
  • Over 6 weeks
  • Some weeks used, some not
  • Statements rated lessons every week

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Results
  • With more student presentations lessons were
  • More stimulating
  • More Involving
  • More enjoyable
  • Easier
  • More relaxing

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Thank you
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