Friday 07 March 2014
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Course Description & Aims
The definition of insanity can be defined as doing what you have always done and expecting different results. With the renewed OfSTED 2012 framework 'satisfactory' is no longer good enough; achieving ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ is the new benchmark.
This course aims to reconnect mathematics teachers with the one reason they entered the classroom – to make a difference. It is designed to not only shift your thinking but to also provide practical solutions. It will demystify the OfSTED judgements for teaching and learning and empower teachers to use this knowledge to further improve the quality of their teaching to a whole new level. Above all, you will leave with a full range of examples of outstanding teaching ideas, and lessons to move your teaching to grade 1 standard.
What are the benefits of attending this course?
- Increase understanding of the OfSTED 2012 framework judgements for teaching and learning in Mathematics
- Learn how to raise standards and aspirations in your classroom
- Take away a wealth of OfSTED grade 1 ideas and strategies to use in your classroom the very next day
- Learn how to increase the level of personalisation in you lesson planning
- Increase your understanding of the role of assessment in securing outstanding learner progression
- Explore approaches that promote greater independence in your learners
Who should attend?
All Teachers of Mathematics
Resources & Materials
On arrival at this course you will receive a specially prepared file containing the PowerPoint slides, together with exemplar teaching materials which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom.
Course Leader: Will Wilson
Will Wilson is an OfSTED graded ‘outstanding’ teacher and former North West ‘Teacher of the Year’ who has a reputation for bringing excellence and innovative thinking to Maths education. As a former senior teacher and subject leader, he has worked with a wide variety of institutions including the TDA, ACME, The National Strategies and Manchester University. With expertise in the use of school data and mathematics curriculum development he currently works for a local authority as a School Improvement Advisor working with both senior and middle level leaders to raise standards. With a passion for co-operative learning in maths education he is a certified national trainer for Kagan Cooperative Learning.
10.00 – 11.00am: The renewed OfSTED 2012 Framework 1 year: outstanding Maths Teaching
This introductory session reviews the first year of the new OfSTED Framework: examples of outstanding practice and common problem areas.
- Are our current perceptions of outstanding actually correct?
- Classroom study – we tap into the principles of accelerated learning to create the supportive learning environment: low stress and high challenge
- ‘No such thing as CAN’T’ – is your learning space in perpetual lock down?
- The independent learner – what exactly does that look like and do you have a plan?
11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break
11.15 – 12.15pm: Practical strategies: how to deliver outstanding lesson objectives and assessment approaches
There is power in knowing where you are at and where you need to get to. We examine how teachers should use the assessment process to develop in students the desire and improved capacity to learn.
- How to use assessment practically to generate excellent student progress
- Outstanding use of data – exactly who has the most challenging target?
- Examples of outstanding assessment approaches
- How to move students to the next level or grade
12.15 – 12.45pm: OfSTED grade 1 lessons: how to inspire students in their learning and demonstrate outstanding student progress
- Practical strategies to engage students with inspiring learning tasks
- How do learners demonstrate outstanding learning and progress, what are OfSTED looking for to grade the lesson as outstanding?
- Motivational teaching and learning ideas which satisfy OfSTED grade 1 criteria
12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion
1.45 – 2.45pm: OfSTED grade 1 lessons: embedding high challenge into Maths lessons
- How to challenge students of all levels for outstanding lessons
- Full range of strategies to challenge the less able and most able students
- The role of questioning to tap into higher order thinking
- How to get the very best results from your students
2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea
3.00 – 3.30pm: OfSTED grade 1 lessons: highly effective co-operative learning strategies
Co-operative learning is like group work on steroids and it lies at the core of promoting active, independent learners in each and every Mathematics lesson. This final session looks at some co-operative learning strategies that will raise the level of student engagement in your lessons and ensure that in the longer term you have life long learners.
- Getting you students assessing
- ‘Please don’t call on me’ – finding those ‘hidden’ students
- The learner as coach
3.30pm: Final top tips and plenary
How do we move our own teaching to a consistent level of outstanding?
“Some very brilliant ideas with some clear underlying principles presented in an enthusiastic and infectious manner.”
Rawlins College, June 2013