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A regular podcast from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), exploring areas of interest and debate in the teaching of maths across all school and college phases.

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A regular podcast from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), exploring areas of interest and debate in the teaching of maths across all school and college phases.

    Teaching through the pandemic 3: Simon Ball

    Teaching through the pandemic 3: Simon Ball

    Simon Ball teaches A level and GCSE resit at a sixth form college in central Manchester. The college are reducing numbers of students on site by only having half year groups in at a time.  Since September Simon has been teaching half his class online while the other half engage with the lesson from home. He talks to us about this juggling act, what works well, the pitfalls and also some unexpected benefits. 
    Show notes
    Taking part in the discussion are:
    Simon Ball: Teacher of A level maths, A level statistics and GCSE maths resit and Level 2 Maths Curriculum Lead. 
    Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager
    Useful links
    Simon tweets as @ballyzero. He is a regular contributor and occasional host to our #mathscpdchat on Twitter on Tuesday evenings.

    • 13 min
    Teaching through the pandemic 2 – Gemma Scott

    Teaching through the pandemic 2 – Gemma Scott

    Gemma Scott is Director of Maths at a large 11-18 comprehensive school in east Yorkshire. Restrictions to reduce virus transmission in schools limit teachers’ opportunity to assess student progress in many of the usual ways. Circulating the classroom to help individuals, and marking books, for example, are subject to new restrictions in most schools. Gemma discusses how her department have approached this, and what they are using in place of their usual assessment practices.
    Show notes
    Taking part in the discussion are:
    Gemma Scott: Director of Maths at an east Yorkshire 11-18 comprehensive school.
    Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager
    Useful links
    Gemma tweets as @DirectorMaths and writes a blog: An honest account of life as a Director of Learning.

    • 15 min
    Teaching through the pandemic 1 – Martyn Yeo

    Teaching through the pandemic 1 – Martyn Yeo

    Martyn Yeo teaches Year 4 at a primary school in Warwickshire. In this episode, he discusses the benefits of using manipulatives for teaching maths, and how restrictions on sharing equipment means that he has had to adapt. He discusses the use of online versions of his favourite manipulatives and other ways he has adjusted his usual approach.
    Show notes
    Taking part in the discussion are:
    Martyn Yeo: Year 4 teacher and wider curriculum lead, from Goodyers End School in Warwickshire
    Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager
    Useful links
    Martyn tweets as @martynyeouk. His YouTube channel, a collection of useful videos for maths teaching is Mr Yeo’s Maths Mastery. Martyn also leads CPD Work Groups for the new Origin Maths Hub. 
    During the conversation, Martyn mentioned:
    MathsBot online manipulatives tools
    NCETM’s #mathscpdchat on Twitter: this is an online chat between teachers each Tuesday evening 7-8pm. The chat is hosted each week by a different teacher and the topic is posted in advance.

    • 11 min
    Lockdown Episode 10 - Hisham Alhassan

    Lockdown Episode 10 - Hisham Alhassan

    Hisham Alhassan is a secondary maths teacher and Key Stage 5 coordinator at a school in Oxfordshire. In this episode, he discusses the school’s decision not to bring Year 12 students back into the building, some tactics he has deployed for engaging participation during online lessons, and his increased involvement in the maths education CPD community during school closure. Taking on a new role as director of maths in September, he explains how he is planning to approach Covid recovery in a school he doesn’t yet know. 
    Show notes
    Taking part in the discussion are:
    Hisham Alhassan: Maths teacher and KS5 coordinator from Wheatley Park School in Oxfordshire
    Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications manager
    Useful links
    Hisham tweets as @AlhassanMaths. He writes a blog, Adventures in maths teaching, most recently reflecting on online teaching, attending his first maths conference (online) and on being a BAME educator.
    During the conversation, Hishim mentioned:
    Diagnostic Questions
    Hegarty Maths
    Dr Frost Maths (specifically the new DFM whiteboard feature)
    Craig Barton, maths teacher
    Jo Morgan, maths teacher

    • 32 min
    Year 10 come back – one school's story

    Year 10 come back – one school's story

    Deb Friis is a secondary maths teacher and Research Associate at a research school in Sussex. She also co-leads on secondary mastery for the Sussex Maths Hub. In this interview she talks about what it’s like to be back teaching Y10 students, how research has informed her maths department’s priorities during this period, and their early thoughts about September. She also talks about the difficulties of the GCSE grading process this year.
    We hope that this interview, with others in the series, will generate ideas and allow listeners to reflect on what works best for their own situations.
    Show notes
    Taking part in the discussion, recorded on 29 June 2020, are:
    Deb Friis: Maths teacher and Research Associate at Durrington High School, Sussex
    Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager
    Episode chapters
    00:06 – Intro and how Deb found lockdown
    02:54 – How the school organised return of Year 10
    06:51 – Any plans to get Years 7 to 9 back?
    07:21 – Thoughts about September
    09:46 – The school’s role as a Research School
    11:41 – How did GCSE grading work out? 
    Useful links
    Deb tweets as @runningstitch 
    During the podcast, Deb mentions:
    Hegarty Maths
    Loom video messaging service
    EEF best evidence on supporting students to learn remotely
    Back to teaching Year 10 this summer – Deb’s blog post
    Google learning platform (schools can now apply for funding to set up the Google learning platform or the Microsoft equivalent)
    Research into impact of Christchurch earthquakes on attainment
    EEF best evidence on impact of school closures on the attainment gap

    • 13 min
    Learning in Lockdown 8 – Melissa Molnar

    Learning in Lockdown 8 – Melissa Molnar

    Melissa Molnar is a Canadian teacher who moved to London for experience and never quite left! She teaches Year 1 (though is currently in an EYFS bubble) and leads maths across her school and the larger school partnership. Melissa talks about her thinking behind planning the partnership’s home learning curriculum, the recovery curriculum and about her involvement in creating the NCETM Primary Lesson videos, and how she has used them since.
    We hope that this interview, with others in the series, will generate ideas and allow listeners to reflect on what works best for their own situations.
    Show notes
    Taking part in the discussion, recorded on 22 June 2020, are:
    Melissa Molnar, Y1 teacher and Maths Lead in Greenwich, London.
    Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager
    Episode chapters
    00:06 – How home learning started
    05:06 – Melissa’s working week
    07:08 – Comparing what children do at home and at school
    08:08 – Looking towards September
    08:38 – Creating video lessons for NCETM
    12:38 – Is teaching via video more difficult?
    15:26 – Collaborative planning online
    Useful links
    Melissa tweets as @WoodhillMaths.
    During the podcast, Melissa mentions:
    Home learning packs from her school
    NCETM primary lesson videos

    • 18 min

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