Problem Solving in Post-16 Maths Conferences 2019

Overview

One-day professional development conferences, designed to support teachers of AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Aims

  • Experience interesting and stimulating ways of embedding higher level problem-solving skills in the classroom
  • Find out more about the higher level problem solving support provided by the AMSP
  • Network and share ideas with fellow teachers

Who will benefit from attending?

This conference is suitable for any teacher who is currently teaching AS/A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics or who expects to do so in the near future. The content included on the day is relevant to supporting the overarching problem-solving theme in the AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics qualifications.

Content

As well as two plenary sessions, each conference includes three workshop sessions, each with three or four different choices of workshop. A number of these options are repeated each day to give you the best opportunity to attend your favourite choices.

Opening Plenary
You can’t teach problem solving, can you?

Problem solving is often thought of as something that students either can do or can’t do. In this plenary you will take a whistlestop tour of the skills students need to be able to solve mathematical problems and the teaching techniques that help students learn these skills.


Workshop 1 choices
1A Problem solving with data sets

This session will involve problem solving using data sets. Delegates will consider how posing problems for investigation can lead to a greater understanding of trends in datasets.

This workshop will be repeated in session 2A.

1B Problem solving in A level pure maths

This session will consider the implications of problems having multiple solutions, as well as other attributes of problem-solving questions in A level pure maths. We will consider what it is that effective problem-solvers do, work on solving some A level pure maths problems and consider the teacher’s role in how to support students.

This workshop will be repeated in session 3B.

1C Problem solving in mechanics

This session will look at modelling and problem solving in mechanics. We will explore how mechanics can be used to solve real world problems by developing mathematical models and how simple practical experiments and demonstrations can help overcome misconceptions.


Workshop 2 choices
2A Problem solving with data sets

This session will involve problem solving using data sets. Delegates will consider how posing problems for investigation can lead to a greater understanding of trends in datasets.

This workshop is a repeat of session 1A.

2B Cross-curricular problem solving

This session will look at problem solving in different contexts, by developing a mathematical model, making assumptions, using maths to draw some conclusions and then asking the all-important question of whether the solution makes sense.

2C Problem solving and proof

How do you solve a problem like Maryam? This session will look at proof, its fundamental place in problem solving and why one is impossible without the other. The session is laced with questions to get your teeth into.


Workshop 3 choices
3A Problem solving in university entrance examinations

Do you know your MAT from your STEP? Are you wondering what the difference between the TMUA and the TSA is? In this session you will see examples of university entrance examinations and admissions tests that require mathematical problem solving. You will discover the level of maths required for each test and find out about the support that is available for students who will need to sit these examinations.

3B Problem solving in A level pure maths

This session will consider the implications of problems having multiple solutions, as well as other attributes of problem-solving questions in A level pure maths. We will consider what it is that effective problem-solvers do, work on solving some A level pure maths problems and consider the teacher’s role in how to support students.

This workshop is a repeat of session 1B.

3C Using technology to solve problems at A level

This session will involve using GeoGebra to look at some technology-based problem-solving tasks and also how to use technology to extend conventional A level questions. Please bring a device with GeoGebra installed on it (laptop, tablet or smartphone).


Closing Plenary
Maths on the back of an envelope - Rob Eastaway
Opening Plenary
You can’t teach problem solving, can you?

Problem solving is often thought of as something that students either can do or can’t do. In this plenary you will take a whistlestop tour of the skills students need to be able to solve mathematical problems and the teaching techniques that help students learn these skills.


Workshop 1 choices
1A Problem solving with data sets

This session will involve problem solving using data sets. Delegates will consider how posing problems for investigation can lead to a greater understanding of trends in datasets.

This workshop will be repeated in session 2A.

1B Problem solving in A level pure maths

This session will consider the implications of problems having multiple solutions, as well as other attributes of problem-solving questions in A level pure maths. We will consider what it is that effective problem-solvers do, work on solving some A level pure maths problems and consider the teacher’s role in how to support students.

This workshop will be repeated in session 3B.

1C Cross-curricular problem solving

This session will look at problem solving in different contexts, by developing a mathematical model, making assumptions, using maths to draw some conclusions and then asking the all-important question of whether the solution makes sense.


Workshop 2 choices
2A Problem solving with data sets

This session will involve problem solving using data sets. Delegates will consider how posing problems for investigation can lead to a greater understanding of trends in datasets.

This workshop is a repeat of session 1A.

2B Problem solving and proof

How do you solve a problem like Maryam? This session will look at proof, its fundamental place in problem solving and why one is impossible without the other. The session is laced with questions to get your teeth into.

2C Using technology to solve problems at A level

This session will involve using GeoGebra to look at some technology-based problem-solving tasks and also how to use technology to extend conventional A level questions. Please bring a device with GeoGebra installed on it (laptop, tablet or smartphone).


Workshop 3 choices
3A Problem solving in university entrance examinations

Do you know your MAT from your STEP? Are you wondering what the difference between the TMUA and the TSA is? In this session you will see examples of university entrance examinations and admissions tests that require mathematical problem solving. You will discover the level of maths required for each test and find out about the support that is available for students who will need to sit these examinations.

3B Problem solving in A level pure maths

This session will consider the implications of problems having multiple solutions, as well as other attributes of problem-solving questions in A level pure maths. We will consider what it is that effective problem-solvers do, work on solving some A level pure maths problems and consider the teacher’s role in how to support students.

This workshop is a repeat of session 1B.

3C Problem solving in Mechanics

This session will look at modelling and problem solving in mechanics. We will explore how mechanics can be used to solve real world problems by developing mathematical models and how simple practical experiments and demonstrations can help overcome misconceptions.


Closing Plenary
TBC
Opening Plenary
You can’t teach problem solving, can you?

Problem solving is often thought of as something that students either can do or can’t do. In this plenary you will take a whistlestop tour of the skills students need to be able to solve mathematical problems and the teaching techniques that help students learn these skills.


Workshop 1 choices
1A Problem Solving in A level Pure Maths

This session will consider the implications of problems having multiple solutions, as well as other attributes of problem-solving questions in A level pure maths. We will consider what it is that effective problem-solvers do, work on solving some A level pure maths problems and consider the teacher’s role in how to support students.

This workshop will be repeated in session 2B.

1B Problem solving in Mechanics

This session will look at modelling and problem solving in mechanics. We will explore how mechanics can be used to solve real world problems by developing mathematical models and how simple practical experiments and demonstrations can help overcome misconceptions.

This workshop will be repeated in session 3C.

1C Problem solving and proof

How do you solve a problem like Maryam? This session will look at proof, its fundamental place in problem solving and why one is impossible without the other. The session is laced with questions to get your teeth into.

1D Problem solving in Discrete Maths – joining the dots

This session will look at problem solving in discrete maths, using topics such as graph theory, developing ideas within the maths and how we can use these to model the solution of real problems.


Workshop 2 choices
2A Problem solving with data sets

This session will involve problem solving using data sets. Delegates will consider how posing problems for investigation can lead to a greater understanding of trends in datasets.

This workshop will be repeated in session 3B.

2B Problem Solving in A level Pure Maths

This session will consider the implications of problems having multiple solutions, as well as other attributes of problem-solving questions in A level pure maths. We will consider what it is that effective problem-solvers do, work on solving some A level pure maths problems and consider the teacher’s role in how to support students.

This workshop is a repeat of session 1A.

2C Cross-curricular problem solving

This session will look at problem solving in different contexts, by developing a mathematical model, making assumptions, using maths to draw some conclusions and then asking the all-important question of whether the solution makes sense.

2D Using technology to solve problems at A level

This session will involve using GeoGebra to look at some technology-based problem-solving tasks and also how to use technology to extend conventional A level questions. Please bring a device with GeoGebra installed on it (laptop, tablet or smartphone).


Workshop 3 choices
3A Problem solving in university entrance examinations

Do you know your MAT from your STEP? Are you wondering what the difference between the TMUA and the TSA is? In this session you will see examples of university entrance examinations and admissions tests that require mathematical problem solving. You will discover the level of maths required for each test and find out about the support that is available for students who will need to sit these examinations.

3B Problem solving with data sets

This session will involve problem solving using data sets. Delegates will consider how posing problems for investigation can lead to a greater understanding of trends in datasets.

This workshop is a repeat of session 2A.

3C Problem solving in Mechanics

This session will look at modelling and problem solving in mechanics. We will explore how mechanics can be used to solve real world problems by developing mathematical models and how simple practical experiments and demonstrations can help overcome misconceptions.

This workshop is a repeat of session 1B.

3D Developing problem solving through group work

Do many hands make light work, or do too many cooks spoil the broth? This session explores how careful use of pair and group activities can enable students to develop their problem solving skills.


Closing Plenary
TBC

Eligibility

This course is aimed at teachers from state-funded schools, colleges and academies. Teachers from independent schools are welcome to apply for a place. In this case a place will only be granted if there is availability and no bursary will be paid to the school.

Cost

The event is free of charge to teachers from state-funded schools and colleges.

All state schools, academies and colleges whose teachers attend the course are entitled to a bursary of £200 for every teacher from their school who attends. This is paid on confirmation of attendance by the course leader and is subject to the school/college finance department providing payment details.

Schools in Priority Areas are entitled to an additional £50 bursary.

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Key Facts

Audience:

Teachers

Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics, University admissions tests

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving

Event format:

Conference

Event length:

1 day

State-sector subsidy:

£200

Priority Area subsidy:

£250

Queries?

If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Teacher Support Admin Team
[email protected]
01225 716494

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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