Teaching Mechanics 1 (TM1)

Overview

Teaching Mechanics 1 (TM1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching mechanics. TM1 covers the mechanics content from all major specifications for AS/A level Mathematics.

TM1 features:

  • 9 live online tutorials
  • Two study days
  • Access to online teaching and learning resources
  • Email support from a tutor and access to an online group forum

Towards the end of the course a short assignment is issued, for which support and guidance are provided. Course certificates will be available for those participants completing the assignment.

After TM1, participants have the opportunity to continue to TM2, which will further expand understanding of mechanics teaching and cover the mechanics content from AS/A level Further Mathematics.

Aims

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the principles of mechanics
  • Develop skills with mathematical modelling and problem solving
  • Develop confidence with incorporating practical work within maths teaching
  • Improve subject knowledge and build on pedagogical skills
  • Link topics in mechanics with other areas of maths

Who will benefit from attending?

TM1 is designed for teachers who are currently teaching AS/A level Mathematics, or who wish to teach it at some point in the near future. 

Our sustained courses enable teachers to broaden and deepen their subject, pedagogical and pedagogical content knowledge. Teachers, with enhanced subject knowledge, are therefore better equipped to make links between topics, address students’ misconceptions and confidently challenge learners at all attainment levels. Our course aims and intended outcomes are consistent with the principles set out in the Education Inspection Framework.

Content

TM1 covers the mechanics content for AS/A level Mathematics. This includes the following topics:

  • Kinematics in one dimension
  • Introduction to forces and Newton's laws
  • Applications of forces and Newton's laws
  • Forces in two dimensions
  • Connected particles
  • Kinematics in two dimensions
  • Projectiles
  • Moments
  • Variable acceleration

Materials and Equipment

A computer with a reliable internet connection will be required to attend the online tutorials. In addition, a headset with a microphone is suggested to get the best experience of the online tutorials.

Cost

For TM1 autumn 2020 we are waiving our usual course fee/reimbursement arrangements so that this course is free of charge to teachers working in state-funded schools and colleges in England. For others the course fee for TM1 is £300.

Schools and colleges located within Priority Areas are eligible to receive a subsidy of £250 per study day.

Participant feedback

I genuinely had a light bulb moment (or several) today! I'm buzzing...
...really enthused me to go away and DO some mechanics.
I was terrified by mechanics, but now I love it.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no requirement that applicants have taught A level Mathematics before undertaking TM1.

It is difficult to be specific as this will depend on previous experience. In the past, delegates have reported spending between 1 and 4 hours studying each week. Ideally, delegates should aim to study regularly for a few hours each week however, in reality many working teachers have weeks when this is difficult and they use out-of-term time to catch up.

It is not our usual policy to allow teachers to enrol on more than one sustained course (TAM, TFM, TM, TS, TD) at the same time. Please contact us at [email protected] before making multiple course applications.

The TM1 assignment is the only work that delegates hand in. To receive a certificate at the end of your TM1 course you will need to submit and pass the TM1 assignment. Certification is optional but we strongly encourage you to submit an assignment anyway to help you consolidate what you have learnt. In the past most teachers have chosen to submit an assignment.

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Key Facts

Audience:

Teachers

Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Mechanics

Event format:

Sustained Professional Development

Event length:

6 months

Study days:

2

Online sessions:

9

Fee:

Free for state-funded schools; £300 otherwise

Priority Area subsidy:

2 x £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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