Online Professional Development Videos
In addition to face-to-face events, the Loughborough University Mathematics Education Network offers a growing series of free, online professional development videos, which are available from this page.
Some are presented by colleagues from within Loughborough University's Department of Mathematics Education, and others by external experts within mathematics education. Some videos have been designed mainly for secondary teachers, others mainly for primary/early years teachers, and others for anyone. We hope that there is something here for everyone.
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Research In Action Podcast: Series 1, 2 & 3
Craig Barton has record 3 series of the Research in Action Podcasts to date. Each series is mini-series of the Mr Barton Maths podcast, in which Craig Barton, a Visiting Fellow at the Mathematics Education Centre, interviews a variety of colleagues from the Mathematics Education Centre about their research.
Statistical Diagrams from Playfair to Nightingale
The earliest statistical diagrams were drawn towards the end of the eighteenth century by William Playfair and they feature in our everyday life and in our curricula to this day. Dr Chris Pritchard looks at the developments of statistical diagrams throughout history and the role they play now.
A small-scale action research project on spatial reasoning
In this video Dr Alison Borthwick describes a project with teachers who were keen to find out more about spatial reasoning with 5-11-year-olds. The video includes a flavour of the international research, the activities the teachers completed and the impact on both adults and children.
Comparative judgement in the mathematics classroom
Comparative judgement offers a novel approach to assessing important but fuzzy learning outcomes, such as problem solving and conceptual understanding. In this video, Dr Ian Jones introduces comparative judgement and how it can be used in the mathematics classroom.
Probability in school
In this video, Jemma Sherwood looks at probability: the ways it’s considered by mathematicians, its purpose – as a discipline and in school – and how we can move pupils from an intuitive but immature understanding of chance to a more nuanced, formal, mathematical understanding.
Effective teacher professional development
Research is increasingly providing insights about how pupils learn. However, our understanding of how to design professional development in order to help teachers put these insights into practice remains limited. In this talk, Dr Sam Sims outlines a new theory of effective professional development.
Parental Engagement in Mathematical Learning
Drawing on over 10 years of research in this area, Professor Tim Jay talks about why out-of-school mathematics thinking and learning is so important, why parental engagement interventions often don’t achieve their aims, and how an alternative approach to working with parents can help.
Self Explanation Training and the Transition to Undergraduate Mathematics
Dr Lara Alcock looks at how studying Mathematics at Undergraduate level is often much different to the expectations of students where they are unaccustomed to studying the many theorems and proofs that appear in their lecture notes. This video explores how they can study more effectively.
Mathematical Learning Difficulties Following Preterm Birth
This video by Professor Camilla Gilmore reviews current evidence about the long-term development of children born preterm and the impact on their attainment at school, in mathematics and across the curriculum. It includes information about strategies for supporting children born preterm in school.
Improving Language Use in Maths
In this video, Dani Quinn looks at how specific techniques linked to literacy and language can feed into a broader culture of high expectations and building pupils’ confidence. The video should be particularly relevant to colleagues in Key Stay 3 and 4,but is also useful for Key Stages 2 and 5.