Level 5 GCSE Maths – Session 6

Improving learning in mathematics

Welcome to the sixth session

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Use co-operative small group work to facilitate discussion and create a supportive and encouraging atmosphere in the learning environment
  • Facilitate learners’ mathematical reasoning and ability to explain and use mathematical language, methods and ideas
  • Use rich collaborative tasks to develop transferable higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Use technology appropriately to promote learner engagement, motivation and success in mathematics teaching and learning

Session 6 PowerPoint slides

Here is Julia’s facilitator PowerPoint presentation for session 6:

Session 6 slides

Session Padlet

Here is the Padlet for this session.

Padlet session 6

Follow-up activities

Recommended reading
Swan, M. (2005) Improving Learning in Mathematics: Challenges and Strategies. London: DfES. [available here]

FELTAG (2014) Further Education Learning Technology Action Group: Recommendations  http://feltag.org.uk/

Watch the videos at https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/collection/2936/thinking-about-discussion 

 Plan and deliver a discussion session with your learners. Good starting points might be Improving Learning in Mathematics sessions A4, N2, S2 or SS4 [available here]

Further reading (for accreditation)

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2015) An update on progress since the publication of the Further Education Learning Technologies Action Group (FELTAG). http://feltag.org.uk/

Griffin, P. (2009) What makes a rich task? [available here]

Mercer, N. (2000) Words and Minds: How we use language to think together. London: Routledge. 

Puentedura, R. R. (2006). Transformation, technology, and education [available here]

Preparation for next session

Use the SAMR model to evaluate two digital resources – Where on the SAMR scale would you place the resource? – In what way is it different from a traditional activity of this sort? – What might be the benefits or drawbacks? 

Explore some of the e-learning tools and try to apply at least one of them.

The CPD section of the Learning Futures website is a source of ideas and resources for those interested in learning more about the use of digital technology.

All course materials were developed as part of an ETF programme by ccConsultancy and they both should be acknowledged if any material is used on other projects.