Monthly Archives:October 2014

Feature – Free from Jo Boaler

27 Oct 14
Rebecca Hanson
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Jo Boaler PicJo Boaler is a top UK professor of mathematics education who currently works at Stanford University in the US.  She often returns to the UK and was very recently back to film for the ITV Tonight Show special on maths which will be shown this Thursday 30th October at 7:30pm.

She was featured in the Radio 4 series ‘The Educators’.  Her episode is available on iplayer here.

In 2013 Jo ran a free MOOC (mass open online course) for mathematics teachers which was completed by over 40,000 people.

Her current MOOC is available free here until 15th December 2014.  It takes just 6 hours to complete and explores some key ideas in school maths education.  It’s targeted at (and presented by) young adult learners of mathematics who’ve not been confident with GCSE standard maths, so most teachers will find it enjoyable, relaxing, fun and insightful. Why not register now and have a look?  It costs nothing to register and you’re not committed to completing the course.

Jo publishes lots of free resources for maths teachers on her youcubed.org website.  This site is well worth exploring as there are some great mathematical tasks to download on it.  Jo also publishes some of her papers on youcubed.org, the most recent of which is a direct attack on current UK policies on the rote learning of multiplication facts.  It contains lots of sound advice on how children should learn multiplication results.

Goodbye to old networks

12 Oct 14
Rebecca Hanson
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OU PGCE

Although it was very hard to say goodbye to such a great group of people, I am tremendously grateful for having had the chance to be part of the inspirational network of OU PGCE Mathematics Tutors.

Having the chance to reflect on mathematics education with other dedicated and very experienced teachers with diverse experiences must surely be the most powerful form of professional development.

Don’t forget that we do have an active branch of the ATM here in north Cumbria.  It will be meeting this Friday.

If you’d to come or if you’d like to help me create the networks of the future please do contact me.

Rebecca

Rebecca Hanson – policy campaigner

12 Oct 14
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Libdem conference speaking autumn 2014

Rebecca Hanson from Authentic Maths has been fighting for policy reform on Ofsted at the Liberal Democrats Annual Conference in Glasgow.  You can see her here (at 2:10)during October while the conference is still live on iplayer.

October Update – Good News!

07 Oct 14
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Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

Following the disappointing news that the Cumbria bid for a Maths Hub was unsuccessful, I have decided to refocus Authentic Maths.

There is not enough professional development in mathematics education available for teachers in Cumbria, especially in the west where it’s so hard to do a day trip to Manchester.

So I’ve employed Elizabeth Anderson to work with me for a month (through October) to help me relaunch Authentic Maths so that it will focus on building professional development for teachers which is based in West Cumbria.

More soon!