Teaching Mechanics 2 (TM2)

Overview

Teaching Mechanics 2 (TM2) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching mechanics. TM2 covers the mechanics content from all major specifications for AS/A level Further Mathematics.

As a precaution, and to ensure the safety of all participants, this course has been adapted for entirely online delivery. However, we do value the opportunities and networking experiences that result from face-to-face study days. As such, we’re keeping our approach under review. If it becomes appropriate and feasible to hold face-to-face study days during the course, we will offer you the choice of attending in this way, or to continue online.

TM2 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.

In order to enrol on the TM2 course, participants should have a reasonable understanding of the mechanics content of AS/A level Mathematics, ideally through having completed TM1, though this is not compulsory.

Aims

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

Who will benefit from attending?

TM2 is designed for teachers who are currently teaching A level Further 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

TM2 covers the mechanics content for AS/A level Further Mathematics. This includes the following topics:

  • Work, energy and power
  • Momentum and restitution
  • Circular motion
  • Centre of mass
  • Elasticity
  • Variable force
  • Dimensional analysis

Eligibility

Participants must have a reasonable understanding of the mechanics content of AS/A level Mathematics, ideally through having completed TM1 though this is not compulsory.

Cost

For TM2 spring 2021 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 TM2 is £300.

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

Study Schedule

Study days

Online study days will generally take place between 9:30am and 2:00pm.

Study day 1

Online
Saturday 24 April 2021

Study day 2

Online
Saturday 19 June 2021

Additional study day arrangements:

To take into account government restrictions and guidelines on safe working, this course has been adapted to run online with ‘virtual’ study days. However, we still value meeting face-to-face for practical work, so if it becomes possible we will also offer the option of additional face-to-face practical dates. We will let you know if we are able to do this closer to the time.

Online sessions

Online sessions are conducted live and recordings are available for playback.

Evening online tutorials (19:00-20:15) Study content
Thursday 25 February 2021 Work, energy and power
Thursday 11 March 2021 Momentum and impulse
Thursday 25 March 2021 Circular motion 1
Thursday 22 April 2021 Circular motion 2
Tuesday 6 May 2021 Centre of mass 1
Thursday 20 May 2021 Centre of mass 2
Thursday 10 June 2021 Elasticity
Thursday 24 June 2021 Variable force
Thursday 8 July 2021 Dimensional analysis
Assignment:

During July and August you will work towards completing an assignment. The deadline for this assignment is 31 August 2021.

Unit certification: 31 August 2020 (or before)

Participant feedback

I loved absolutely all of it!
...really enthused me to go away and DO some mechanics.
I genuinely had a light bulb moment (or several) today! I'm buzzing...

Frequently Asked Questions

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 TM2 assignment is the only work that delegates hand in. To receive a certificate at the end of your TM2 course you will need to submit and pass the TM2 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.

We vary face-to-face study day locations. Recently study day locations have included London and Coventry.

Key Facts

Event ref:

#7873

Audience:

Teachers

Curriculum focus:

A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Mechanics

Event format:

Sustained Professional Development

Event length:

6 months

Study days:

2

Online sessions:

9

Region:

National

Venue:

Online classroom and virtual study days

Start date:

Thu 25th Feb 2021

Fee:

Free for state-funded schools; £300 otherwise

Priority Area subsidy:

2 x £250

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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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