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Free Face-to-Face Professional Development Event​

9:30-3:30 TUESDAY 28th JUNE 2022 @ Burleigh Court Hotel, Loughborough University, Loughborough Campus, LE11 3GR.​

Free hot lunch included!​

Designing practice tasks to develop the mathematician as well as the mathematics​. Led by Tom Francome ​

Most teachers appreciate the value of practising, but what do we know about effective practising in mathematics? In this active session, we will consider some of the theories relating to effective practice and how research related to practising might inform the tasks that we ask learners to work on. This session will draw on variation theory and cognitive psychology to offer practical advice to use in classrooms. Drawing on current work from within the Department of Mathematics Education, we will explore the principles of ‘practice through progress’ in two ways: progress through the curriculum, deepening mathematical ideas, and progress as a mathematician. We will also look at some secondary mathematics tasks, and work together on designing tasks that might play a useful role in developing the mathematician as well as the mathematics.

Everyone who attends this event will receive a free copy of Tom’s book (co-authored with Dave Hewitt, also from the Mathematics Education Centre here) entitled ‘Practising Mathematics’, published by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

About the Presenter:​

Tom taught mathematics in schools and worked for many years as a Head of Mathematics and Head of Faculty, winning the TES Award for ‘Maths Team of the Year 2015’. He contributed lesson materials for the EEF-funded project on Best Practice in Mixed-Attainment Teaching. This work was awarded the 2016 BCF-BERA Routledge Curriculum Journal Prize. Tom was previously a lecturer in secondary mathematics education at the University of Birmingham. He now leads Loughborough’s outstanding mathematics PGCE, and his wider role in the Centre is to work to integrate basic research, academic scholarship and practical experience. Tom is interested in all aspects of educational research, but in particular equitable approaches to teaching mathematics and the development of expertise. Tom is currently conducting PhD research into the nature of practising in mathematics. He has recently talked about his work on the Mr Barton Maths podcast.

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.

If you have watched any of these videos, please click HERE to fill in a short (5-minute) survey to give us some feedback – with the option of entering a draw to win one of 5 mathematics education books.

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2019-2020 Professional Development

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