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Teaching Maths Peter Tymms. www.cemcentre.org. Outline. Changing education How is maths taught? How does this compare to English How does it compare to maths 20 years ago? How do processes relate to attitudes and attainment? Lessons for the classroom?. Big changes: e.g.Testing.

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Teaching maths peter tymms

Teaching MathsPeter Tymms

www.cemcentre.org


Outline
Outline

  • Changing education

  • How is maths taught?

  • How does this compare to English

  • How does it compare to maths 20 years ago?

  • How do processes relate to attitudes and attainment?

  • Lessons for the classroom?


Big changes e g testing
Big changes: e.g.Testing

  • We call it “assessment” now

  • KS3 test dropped

    • but 85% of schools requested the test materials

  • O level & CSE  GCSE, which is evolving

    • Course work  controlled assessment

    • iGCSE

  • Diploma

  • A level  AS & A2 & BTEC & IB and entrance tests


Can you date this
Can you date this?

“Learning, alas will someday be smothered by … examination, competition, the calculation and publication of results.”



Reasons
Reasons

  • Dissatisfaction with the old system

  • Forgetting the lessons of history

  • Evolving culture

  • New evidence and new theories

  • New technology

  • New politicians


Impact of policies on standards
Impact of Policies on Standards

  • Primary schools

    • Hundreds of millions £

    • Impact on reading

      • Tiny

    • Impact on maths

      • Modest

  • Secondary

    • GCSE: more passes and higher grades





Summary
Summary

  • Massive efforts to raise standards

  • More students staying on

  • More gaining qualifications

  • Levels of basic skills have remained fairly constant

  • Higher grades are easier to obtain







Investigation
Investigation

  • Looked across all subjects to find a process:

    • Used little

    • Positively related to value-added

    • Positively related to attitudes

  • We found one

    Presenting your work to the class


Introduced in
Introduced in

  • Several A level courses

  • Over 6 weeks

  • Some weeks used, some not

  • Statements rated lessons every week


Results
Results

  • With more student presentations lessons were:

    • More stimulating

    • More Involving

    • More enjoyable

    • Easier

    • More relaxing



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