Teaching Challenging Tasks
Creating a culture where all students expect and experience challenge. Identifying and accessing ‘Time-worthy Tasks’. Adapting existing tasks to put the challenge back in.
One task for all. Adjusting a single tasks using enabling and extending prompts. Creating an expectation that every student is expected to learn something new.
Promoting Creative Thinking
How might we show our students that creative thinking is something that is valued in our classrooms? Tasks, approaches, assessment materials and other resources to help you raise the profile of creative thinking in the maths classroom.
Activating the Four Proficiencies
Building problem solving proficiency in our students in every maths lesson. Creating a culture of student reasoning. True Fluency: beyond automatic recall and rote learning. Using big mathematical ideas to help students understand the ‘why’ not just the ‘how’ of mathematics.
Assessment for Learning
Practical ideas and materials based on the five principles of the Assessment for Learning (A4L) research of Black and William (2001) to help teachers and their students understand the three questions that make a significant impact on student learning. Where am I at? Where am I going? How might I get there?
Building a classroom culture that emulates how mathematicians work. Promoting productive struggle and patient problem solving in the maths classroom. Developing a consistent whole-school approach to problem solving.
Making Maths Engaging
Embedding research-informed approaches that lift student engagement including picture-story books, warm-ups/games as well as ideas for promoting collaboration, student choice and self/peer assessment practices.
Structuring a Maths Lesson
Unpacking the launch, explore, summarise lesson model. Key practices and questions that build student understanding.
Interested in learning more?
Black, P., & Wiliam, D. (2001). Inside the black box: Raising standards through classroom assessment. Northumberland LEA.
Clarke, D., Cheeseman, J., Roche, A., & van der Schans, S. (2014). Teaching Strategies for Building Student Persistence on Challenging Tasks: Insights Emerging from Two Approaches to Teacher Professional Learning. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 16(2), 46-70.
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