Professional Development

Improving Language Use in Maths

Counterintuitively, children’s success with mathematics is bound up with their command of language, as well as with their confidence and ability to express ideas and to describe what they see and understand. Despite extensive research into the importance of language, talk and discussion in mathematics, and extensive research into literacy instruction in the English or Humanities classroom, there is less understanding of effective techniques and strategies in the mathematics classroom.

In this video, we will look at how specific techniques linked to literacy and language can feed into a broader culture of high expectations and building pupils’ confidence. It should be of particular relevance to colleagues in key stages 3 and 4, although it is likely to also be applicable for key stages 2 and 5.

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About Dani Quinn

Dani Quinn is the Network Lead for Secondary Mathematics with the Ark Network, which involves supporting the network’s mathematics teachers and trainees, and working with the design team for Maths Mastery. Dani began teaching mathematics in 2010, and has been Head of Department at Dixons Trinity in Bradford, and at Michaela Community School in Wembley.

Ages: Primary, Secondary