Problem Solving in the GCSE classroom

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Overview

Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses form a programme of innovative online courses, designed to enable teachers to develop their teaching with confidence in a convenient, stress-free way.

LOPD courses are delivered using a browser-based online classroom that allows participants to collaborate online in real time. The courses aim both to cover subject content common to all current specifications and to facilitate the exchange of teaching ideas. Rather than attending a one day course away from school or college, participants will use the internet to meet weekly online.

This course comprises four online sessions with an experienced tutor, each between 60 and 90 minutes in length and delivered to a small group of teachers allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion.

The sessions look at how different areas of the GCSE curriculum can be connected through using well written problems and at how you can encourage your students to become creative problem solvers. It provides strategies and ideas for teachers to use immediately in their classrooms to develop the skills of all of their students. There will be opportunities to consider how these concepts and resources could be embedded in professional practice and contribute towards the ambition and intent of the department's curriculum.

This course mirrors part of the suite of Raising Confidence courses aimed at teachers of GCSE mathematics. Participants will meet similar ideas as on the face to face courses, but with different activites and resources which can be used with students and shared with collegues.

Aims

  • To share ideas and strategies for developing problem solving within your mathematics curriculum for all of your students
  • To provide support in developing your professional practice and that of departmental colleagues
  • To consider how your department can develop your curriculum in line with the 2019 Ofsted Framework

Who will benefit from attending?

Teachers who wish to improve their teaching of GCSE maths and/or the skills of their students, especially those hoping to raise student aspiration to study Maths beyond GCSE.

Content

Recent changes to the GCSE have given greater prominence to problem solving in secondary education.

Problem Solving in the GCSE classroom considers different models for embedding a problem-solving culture in the classroom and provides practical strategies to help students become more resilient problem solvers. Referencing recent GCSE exam questions, we look at how problem solving can be utilised across the curriculum, with the objective of increasing the number of students that choose to study maths post-16.

Materials and Equipment

You will need access to a good internet connection, using Chrome or Firefox as a browser. You will need a headset with a microphone to engage with the live sessions and most courses also require a means of sharing handwritten maths, such as a mini-whiteboard and webcam, a visualiser or a graphics tablet. Full details of how to set these up can be found on our online classroom support page

Other Information

Our summer courses have been scheduled on the assumption that schools and colleges will not be reopening as normal until after the summer term. If this changes, we will assess affected courses immediately and let you know how we intend to proceed. Every effort will be made to continue to offer you the best experience of online professional development that we can throughout these unusual circumstances. Please do contact us at [email protected] if you have any concerns or if your attendance at a course will be affected by a return to the classroom.

Eligibility

All teachers are eligible for this course, however free places are available only to teachers in state-funded schools, colleges and academies in England. Applications for free places will be checked to verify eligibility and teachers should ensure that they are able to attend the live sessions before applying for a place.

Cost

This course is free of charge to teachers working in state-funded schools, colleges and academies in England, otherwise the fee is £95.

Study Schedule

Date Session content
27 February What is a problem? Identifying what makes a problem into a problem makes it easier to create your own and understand the skills involved in solving them. We will look at different ways of defining and classifying problems as well as solving a few ourselves!
05 March Changes to the secondary curriculum: with the increased emphasis on problem solving at GCSE, how does this impact on how we teach across the secondary phase? How can we create a positive attitude towards solving problems?
12 March Embedding Problem Solving: How do you plan and manage a problem solving lesson. Looking at ways of embedding problem solving into your schemes of work.
19 March Assessment and Resources: What does problem solving look like in the GCSE exam papers? Where to find resources for problem solving.

Key Facts

Event ref:

#6999

Audience:

Teachers

Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving, Leadership, Curriculum planning

Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

Online sessions:

4

Region:

National

Start date:

Thu 27th Feb 2020

Course times:

16:30 - 18:00

Fee:

Free for state-funded schools; £95 otherwise

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Queries?

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

LOPD 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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