Visual Learning has some powerful applications in Mathematics. The Maths department will share some strategies it had been developing to aid all learners to make effective progress. The methodology to all these approaches will be shared and suggestions given how to make them applicable in the Maths classroom. Interested colleagues are invited to attend whichever sessions they wish.
- C P A (Concrete Pictorial Abstract) approach to pupil learning. This approach facilitates deep learning and leads to mastery of concepts taught. This is especially useful in year 7 but can be applied elsewhere.
It will also include Bar Modelling – A tool to enable problems to be visualised and attempted successfully. Practical examples will be given throughout the session. Colleagues from Primary school are also welcome as this approach has worked well in Primary schools
- CAME (Cognitive Acceleration through Mathematics Education) This is stand-alone programme to develop thinking skills over two years. It is a well –researched and tested programme that has been shown to make a difference. Pupils learn how to develop the tools of thinking in Mathematical contexts. The methodology of CAME alongside practical suggestions how to implement it will be shared. Primary colleagues are also welcome as a course for Primary CAME has been developed and used successfully.
- Visual Methods for Effective Formative Feedback and Revision Techniques.
This session shows, in a practical hands-on way, how to produce detailed and instructive feedback for students once they have taken a teacher-set test in class. This will involve setting up an Excel spreadsheet ready for results, structured formulas in EXCEL to produce analytical data and will lead to a mail-merged document in WORD ready to be stuck into student exercise books. This reporting system has been refined by Simon Walker over the years and is an extremely useful tool to indicate student progress within the maths group. It also provides outstanding guidance to parents about their son or daughters progress. A full complement of electronic resources will be available on the day. Principles are readily transferable into other subject areas as well and also colleagues who teach Primary aged children can easily adapt it to their needs.
Simon Walker now works part-time at BGGS teaching A-level Maths and Further Maths. He has thirteen years’ experience as a Birmingham secondary Head of Maths and has been a regular member of Heads of Department gatherings in the city. He is also an examiner for an Awarding body.
Ahad Miah is a full time teacher of Maths at BGGS and has taught there for the past six years. He has developed innovative ways to use ICT in Mathematic and has a whole school responsibility to oversee the school Moodle.
Giyan Chandhas been teaching for over fifteen years and has developed pioneering methods to help borderline C/D students achieve C or Higher grades. He is also the second in the Maths department and has responsibility in mentoring PGCE Trainee students.
Nilaish Sharma has been Head of Maths for sixteen years and has led the department to achieve high GCSE grades ( 83% in 2013) and also high value added KS2 to KS4 progress. He imbedded the delivery of CAME in year 7 and year 8 and has facilitated the development of the CPA model of teaching and learning. He is also the whole school Numeracy coordinator.