Proof in the A Level classroomSouthampton
Proof is arguably the single most important topic in the A level Maths curriculum, so why do we find it such a challenge to give students a good grounding in this?
On this day, we’ll look at teaching proof from the basics upwards, including communicating mathematically, ways to integrate proof into your scheme of work and how to go about transferring the proof experience you have gathered over years into the brains of your students in a few weeks. We will work on examples from multiple sources and electronic copies of all resources used will be available after the event.
Although the proof, problem solving and modelling themes have always been a part of A level Mathematics, they now account for 50% of the marks in the new assessment objectives. Examiners' reports on the new AS and A level Mathematics from summer 2018, from all specifications, agree that "The most significant challenge was the new assessment objectives, which led to changes in the demands placed upon students." (AQA)
The day is led by Jo Sibley who lives on the sunny south coast in Poole and has taught Maths and Further Maths for 21 years. She has been an FMSP Area Coordinator and is now on the AMSP National Team as the Coordinator for Online Professional Development.
The draft outline for the day (this may be subject to change) is as follows:
|09:00 – 09:30||Arrival, coffee|
|09:30 - 11:00||The Basics - What are we talking about? The Proof of the Pudding. The Mossy Rock. Old Friends and New|
|11:00 – 11:15||Coffee|
|11:15 – 12:30||Communication – Maths is a language; precision and efficiency|
|12:30 – 13:15||Lunch|
|13:15 – 14:00||The Magical Proof Hat – how hard can it be to write your own questions?|
|14:00 – 14:15||Tea|
|14:15 - 15:15||How do you solve a problem like Maryam? Proof around a theme, including a really BIG solve|
|15:15 – 15:30||Reflection and takeaways|
Who will benefit from attending?
All teachers of A level Mathematics who would like to develop their teaching to address the new assessment objectives in A level Mathematics.
Lunch and refeshments will be provided.
A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics
Pure, Problem solving
Face-to-face Professional Development
Richard Taunton College,
Tue 10th Mar 2020
09:00 - 15:30
If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:
The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard