Professional Development

Primary NRICH: Collaborative Problem-Solving in the Primary Classroom

If you're keen to encourage more collaborative problem-solving (CPS) in your primary classroom, then this is the session for you!

NRICH Director Ems Lord worked with teachers in ten schools to explore the most effective strategies for developing CPS in the primary maths classroom. Find out which CPS strategies worked best, consider the barriers towards embedding CPS and ways to overcome them, and learn about some of the unexpected findings about pupils' attitudes towards working collaboratively (and the reasons which might explain them!). Along the way, Ems will share some of her insights into maximising the potential of NRICH resources in your classroom.

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About Dr Ems Lord

Dr Ems Lord joined the team as NRICH Director in 2015. She is a member of The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Teaching Profession, the immediate past-President of the Mathematics Association (2019-2020), a member of the Joint Mathematical Council and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers.

Ems has taught mathematics across the key stages, from Early Years to A Level Further Mathematics, and has worked in a variety of settings, including a hospital school. Her previous roles include supporting schools as a Leading Mathematics Teacher, local authority consultant and as a Chartered Mathematics Teacher. Ems successfully led one of the largest Mathematics Specialist Teacher programmes and has taught mathematics education on both BEd and PGCE teacher programmes. As well as heading up the NRICH team, she is a research fellow at Clare Hall College, Cambridge, and supervises students following the Masters programme for the Faculty of Education.

Age: Primary