The NCETM Maths Podcast
Remote teaching: the digital revolution?

Remote teaching: the digital revolution?

July 8, 2021

Two tech-enthusiastic teachers discuss what’s been learned by remote teaching, and what still limits learning

This podcast was recorded in July 2021 in the final weeks of a very disrupted school year.

Over the past decade, Andy has been exploring the possibilities offered to maths teaching by ‘digital ink’ (being able to hand-write on a screen). He found this invaluable to his teaching during the two school closure periods, and we wanted to see what Kyle thought about his ideas. Kyle has appeared on the podcast previously: Remote teaching returns 1 – Kyle Evans and Kathryn Darwin | NCETM

Until March, Andy Lumley was teaching at Cheadle Hulme School in Stockport. Kyle Evans teaches and leads maths at Barton Peveril sixth form college near Southampton.

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

  • Kyle Evans, Director of Maths and computer science at a large sixth form college near Southampton
  • Andy Lumley, Learning Technology Lead, MEI
  • Gwen Tresidder, NCETM Communications Manager.

Episode chapters

  • 01:46 – Andy explains what he thinks technology can (and can’t) offer
  • 02:56 – What is ‘digital ink’ and what does it offer
  • 03:45 – Digital ink for teachers
  • 06:26 – Digital ink for students
  • 07:04 – What is being used at Kyle’s college
  • 08:50 – Kyle’s hesitancy about replacing paper and pencil
  • 10:51 – Should every student have a stylus?
  • 12:01 – What would they keep from remote teaching?
  • 17:03 – Student engagement online

Useful Links

Kyle tweets as @kyledevans. Andy tweets as @desire2undrstnd.

Our Tuesday Twitter-based chats

Our Tuesday Twitter-based chats

May 18, 2021

Secondary maths teachers Gemma Scott and Kathryn Darwin both occasionally host the NCETM’s  Tuesday evening Twitter-based chat under the hashtag #mathscpdchat. Why do they do it? Aren’t they busy enough as senior members of their maths departments? And why do they think these chats can provide powerful CPD for maths teachers, even those who don’t use Twitter?

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

  • Gemma Scott, head of maths at an 11-18 comprehensive near Hull
  • Kathryn Darwin, second in department at an 11-16 comprehensive in West Yorkshire
  • Steve McCormack, NCETM Communications Director.

Useful links

Gemma tweets as @DirectorMaths

Kathryn tweets as @Arithmaticks

Find all summaries of previous chats, and notices of upcoming chats, on our #mathscpdchat page.

You can find out more about the discussions in our feature article.

Three summaries mentioned in detail during the conversation can be found among the summaries, as follows:

  • Grade descriptors – 20 April 2021
  • Surds – 28 January 2020
  • Reasoning – 8 January 2019.
Remote teaching returns 2 – Steph Elliot

Remote teaching returns 2 – Steph Elliot

February 11, 2021

Steph Elliot is Year 6 teacher and Maths Lead at a one-form entry school in Newcastle. When the country went into lockdown in January 2021, the school started to provide half an hour live input for each class every day. Steph talks about the advantages and difficulties of teaching live online lessons and shares some resources she has created. She also talks about her involvement with Maths Hub CPD through this period.

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

  • Steph Elliot: Year 6 teacher and Maths Lead at a primary school in Newcastle
  • Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager

Episode chapters

  • 00:56 – Steph’s school’s remote provision
  • 03:06 – Live lessons in maths
  • 07:54 – Successful lesson resources
  • 09:44 – Supporting parents
  • 13:06 – Pros and cons of live lessons
  • 16:13 – Engaging in Maths Hub CPD at this time

Useful links

Steph tweets as @eenalol and has a blog: A little but a lot where you can find the resources she has created, and a variety of journals and blogs. The ‘Among Us’ resource that she mentions in the interview is posted on 28 January (2021) and the February maths calendar is posted on 26 January (2021).

During the interview, Steph mentions the following:

Should more girls be taking A level Maths?

Should more girls be taking A level Maths?

February 3, 2021

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

  • Louise Maule, Project Lead, Maths4Girls
  • Enuma Afulukwe, Head of Maths, The Hemel Hempstead School
  • Steve McCormack, NCETM Communications Director

Episode chapters

  • 00:06 – Introduction and overview of Maths4Girls
  • 02:26 – Why is this necessary?
  • 06:06 – How do schools take part?
  • 11:56 – One school’s experience

Useful links

Maths4Girls webpage: www.founders4schools.org.uk/educators/maths4girls

Twitter: @Founders4School

For more information, contact Louise Maule at louise.maule@founders4schools.org.uk

 

Remote teaching returns 1 – Kyle Evans and Kathryn Darwin

Remote teaching returns 1 – Kyle Evans and Kathryn Darwin

January 21, 2021

Kyle Evans has been teaching live online lessons, at his sixth form college in Hampshire since March, including a blended approach during autumn 2020. Kathryn Darwin’s school opted for an asynchronous approach during March 2020 lockdown but in January 2021 has has moved to a full online timetable. They discuss what works to help teach maths well online, and how to promote interaction with self-conscious students!

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

  • Kyle Evans: Director of Maths and computer science at a large sixth form college near Southampton
  • Kathryn Darwin: secondary maths teacher and second in department in a school in Dewsbury
  • Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager

Episode chapters

  • 01:06 How their schools are delivering maths now
  • 05:09 Addressing safeguarding/privacy concerns
  • 11:53 Getting students to respond and engage
  • 14:41 The best bit of maths you’ve taught online

Useful links

Kathryn tweets as @Arithmaticks and is one of the regular hosts on our Tuesday night CPD Twitter chat #mathscpdchat.

Kyle tweets as @kyledevans. His webpage kyledevans.com has more details about his other life as a maths entertainer. He has put some of his best ideas for getting students responding in this thread: Kyle D Evans on Twitter: "A few people requested some more content-specific tips for engagement in online lessons. I'm happy to share a few more ideas - maths-centric, but many adaptable to other subjects I'm sure. 👍 (thread)" / Twitter

Kyle mentions using a mini-whiteboard tool on Desmos

Both guests recommend Whiteboards.fi to emulate the use of mini-whiteboards in class

Teaching through the pandemic 6 – James Cresswell

Teaching through the pandemic 6 – James Cresswell

December 10, 2020

James Cresswell teaches at a large secondary school in Suffolk where ability-setting in maths is well established, for all year groups. To reduce movement and numbers of contacts during the pandemic, the school took the decision to teach Key Stage 3 in their mixed attainment form groups in autumn 2020. This has been a big change for the department, and James tells us how he has made the most of it.

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

James Cresswell: maths teacher at a secondary school in Suffolk

Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager

Episode chapters

05:36 - How have your lessons changed?

12:06 - Where have you got support and ideas from?

14:46 - How have students and parents reacted?

Useful links

James Cresswell tweets as @mathsmrc.

During the conversation, James mentions:

Teaching through the pandemic 5 – Kate Jackson

Teaching through the pandemic 5 – Kate Jackson

December 1, 2020

Kate Jackson teaches Year 4 part-time at a small, coastal primary school in Suffolk. She is also an NCETM Mastery Specialist and a Forest School leader. She describes herself as ‘on a mission to get children outdoors and loving maths’ and her work in the rest of her week is all about combining these two enthusiasms. In this conversation she explains why getting children outdoors is particularly important during the pandemic, even in the winter months. She explains how you might overcome some of the barriers.

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

Kate Jackson: Year 4 teacher at a primary school in Suffolk

Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager

Useful links

Core Maths five years on

Core Maths five years on

November 11, 2020

This interview offers a view from the Merseyside classroom of Jack Ndebu, a new teacher of Core Maths, and his experiences with support offered by the Maths Hub network and AMSP. His experiences are complimented by a view of the national picture from Rachel Mathieson, who has been researching the successes and challenges of Core Maths in its first 5 years.

Show notes

Taking part in the conversation are:

Jack Ndebu: Teacher of maths at Rainford High School, Merseyside

Rachel Mathieson: Research Fellow at the School of Education, Leeds University and one of the authors of The early take-up of Core Maths: successes and challenges

Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager

Episode chapters

02:31 Background: Rainford High School and Jack’s teaching experience
04:48 How is Core Maths different to teaching A level?
06:44 What I used to do. What I do now.
14:14 How do students find it?
17:31 How did you gain the skills needed to teach Core Maths?
22:58 Effects of Covid-19 on lessons and use of data in lessons
27:34 Rachel: research findings
32:36 Required GCSE tier of entry/grade for Core Maths
37:17 How schools/teachers can make Core Maths successful

Useful Links

Teaching through the pandemic 4 – Nikki Bailey

Teaching through the pandemic 4 – Nikki Bailey

November 5, 2020

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

Nikki Bailey: deputy head, SENCO and Year 1 teacher from Oldfield Primary School, Chester.

Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager

Useful links

During the conversation, Nikki mentions Teach Active, the active learning resource package used by her school.

A definition of 'active learning' along with further reading suggestions can be found on the Wikipedia page.

Teaching through the pandemic 3: Simon Ball

Teaching through the pandemic 3: Simon Ball

October 22, 2020

Simon Ball teaches A level and GCSE resit at a sixth form college in central Manchester. The college are reducing numbers of students on site by only having half year groups in at a time.  Since September Simon has been teaching half his class online while the other half engage with the lesson from home. He talks to us about this juggling act, what works well, the pitfalls and also some unexpected benefits. 

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

  • Simon Ball: Teacher of A level maths, A level statistics and GCSE maths resit and Level 2 Maths Curriculum Lead. 
  • Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager

Useful links

Simon tweets as @ballyzero. He is a regular contributor and occasional host to our #mathscpdchat on Twitter on Tuesday evenings.

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