SDI trial

Funding opportunity from Y&H Maths Hub (Click here for flyer)

The Education Endowment Fund Same Day Intervention maths efficacy trial is not a recruitment to workgroups for the YHMH - it is something completely different and we need 120 schools!

What is Same Day Intervention?

SDI is an approach to teaching in which teachers restructure their maths lessons. After modelling using an ‘I do, you do’ approach, pupils answer some questions independently. This lasts approximately 30 minutes. Pupils then have 15 minutes away from their teacher (attending assembly or a teaching-assistant-led activity) while the teacher marks their answers using a rapid marking code. The remaining 30 minutes of the lesson is an intervention session, where the teacher groups children together based on how they answered the questions so that they can efficiently address common misconceptions. The aim is to use the additional support to ensure that all children reach a certain level of understanding by the end of the day, preventing an achievement gap from forming.

What difference has Same Day Intervention made?

Yorkshire and the Humber Maths Hub was inspired to initiate the Same Day Intervention (SDI) Work Group in 2015 following the teacher exchange visits to Shanghai. Over the last two years, 45 schools have been formally involved with the Work Group and have implemented the programme in their own schools. Pupils from participating schools took part in a pre and post survey to measure the attitudes and attainment. The findings from the survey indicate that pupils involved in Same Day Intervention made progress, and that pupils’ attitudes were shifting in regards to their:

    • Perceptions of mathematics;
    • Views of the subject itself; and
  • Views about themselves as confident, resilient mathematicians.

At the end of its implementation, it was found that the majority of pupils stated that they enjoyed maths and thought they had improved as a result of Same Day Intervention.

To find out more background information about Same Day Intervention, including access to our full report (detailing findings and research) and videos showcasing our work so far, please visit the Yorkshire & the Humber Maths Hub webpage at oie.outwood.com/wg3.

Measuring the impact of Same Day Intervention

Following the success of this Work Group, Outwood Institute of Education is now carrying out an efficacy trial sponsored by the Education Endowment Foundation. This will be trialled in Year 5 classes and will run for one school year starting in September 2018.

We are recruiting 120 schools to take part in the trial – 60 of those will be control schools and 60 will be treatment schools that will implement the SDI approach in

Year 5 classes. [IR1]Control schools will not be using the SDI lessons, but pupils’ data and assessments will be used to assess the impact of the trial.

How do I get involved?

Primary schools with at least one Year 5 class (with no other year groups in the class) can take part in this programme. Schools should not have engaged in the SDI Work Group activity to date and would be required to commit to a Memorandum of Understanding. Schools will receive high-quality training to teach all of their Year 5 teachers to deliver SDI. Treatment schools in the trial will receive access to training and visits to open classrooms to see the intervention in practice.  They will be supported by resources and will have access to follow on support from the SDI team.

Control schools will be offered £1,000 on completion of their data and will be offered to opportunity to access the training at a later date.

If you would like further information about the trial, the original research or to have a chat about how it might work in your school, please email the team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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There's not enough words

There are too few words to describe the complexities of our number system.

I am sure there is nothing new about what I am trying to explain here, much of it is to get my own head around some fundamental issues.However the concepts are often poorly understood through a lack of clear and unambiguous language.

The framework I am trying to describe is this..

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Additive operation

The operation suggests a before and after, the number sentence (or equation) suggests you start with 5 and there is an operation of 3 added to this to make a new value of 8. This is AUGMENTATION.

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The reverse operation is taking away the 3 from the new starting number 8 so the new value is 5. The diagram could be drawn left to right but here I am emphasising the REVERSE operation which is the INVERSE of adding on, that being taking away.

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Interesting to note that you can do the same operation (adding on) but with an INVERSE number (in this case negative 3) which also results in getting back to where you started with.This isn’t a point I would necessarily raise with learners early on but is important for comparing the nature of additive and multiplicative systems.

Of course it is also perfectly possible to start with 3 and add on 5 which is another “story” in whatever context the equation is representing but illustrates the COMMUTATIVE nature of addition.

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Additive: same amount expressed different ways

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Rightly or wrongly I am using a horizontal bar to describe this but this is just for my own benefit and there is nothing mandatory about this.

Consider the amount 8. This can be PARTITIONED into 5 + 3 among many other ways of course. And recombined by AGGREGATING to find the original sum.

There is no before and after, just a value of 8 (or items if we are considering a context) which can be “split” into two or more separate values and then recombined to make the original value.

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Additive Comparison

Again there is no before and after, but two values occurring at the same time. The comparison is not specifically linked to adding on or taking away but depends which value is your initial focus.

If we consider 5 first, then 8 in comparison is three more than 5.

If we focus on 8 first then 5 in comparison is 3 less than 8.

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NOTE that we can add 3 on to 5 to result in 8 or take away 3 from 8 to result in 5.

We can also find the difference by taking away 5 from 8 to get 3 but we do not (normally) take 8 from 5 to get a difference of -3, the difference is always positive.

So the difference between 8 & 5 is the same as the difference between 5 & 8, this has implications for interpreting the number sentence.

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Multiplicative operation

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Here we have a before and after situation where 5 has been multiplied 3 times. In effect we have an ENLARGEMENT of SCALE FACTOR 3 to produce a new number or PRODUCT which in this case is 15

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We can do the REVERSE operation with the same number (this being division – whatever that means) but it looks like we are dividing the starting number 15 into 3 equal sections and choosing just one of them. Another way to think of this could be to say 15 (the new starting number) represents 3 parts and I want to know what one part is.

Of course we can (like additive) do the same operation with an INVERSE number (in this case multiply by 1/3) but language helps if we say what is a “third of”.

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Multiplicative: same amount expressed different ways

Most easily shown by an array. There is no starting number or new end result, just in this case 15 items but the can be arranged in such a way that shows 5 groups of 3 or three groups of 5 are equivalent to 15. Similar to partitioning and aggregation this form of expressing a value as a product of its factors is called FACTORISING.

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Note there is a language issue which can confuse.

Three lots of five in context is not the same as five lots of three, but the product is the same. Five lots of three is the same as 3 multiplied 5 times the latter of these suggests an operation whereas the former leans more to factorising?

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Multiplicative comparison

For this example I am going to choose the numbers 10 & 15. Like the additive comparison it depends on which is your initial focus.

In terms of 10, the number 15 is 1 ½ times this.

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We can see this by comparing equal parts and in this case can conveniently simplify the comparison of 3 lots of 5 with 2 lots of 5 to 3/2 or 1 ½ .

Note that this also finds us the scale factor to turn 10 into 15 using the multiplicative operation.

But if we focus on 15 first, (I have swapped the bars around) then in terms of 15 the value of 10 is only 2/3 this.

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Like the additive comparison there are two ways of looking at it (more than, less than), the multiplicative comparison can also be done both ways, although the comparative RATIO should be written in a specific way depending on the context or focus number, unlike the difference which is always given as a positive number.

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Dividing into a ratio

Now we are combining both additive and multiplicative structures such that the two parts of an additive model are in a ratio.

This opens up a whole new set of issues including fractions of amounts.

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The whole is divided into equal portions where the word part could be used to describe each of these smaller, equal parts or indeed each of the combined section of portions that constitute the part, part whole of the additive model.

If we take a particular example

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This example can be described many ways, e.g. three-fifths of the whole 30 is 18

18 as a comparative multiplicative portion of 30 is 3/5 and 3 is to 5 is in the same proportion as 18 is to 30.

Whereas the ratio of the additive parts 2:3 gives us the constituent parts of the whole in an additive sense, being 18 and 12 which are also in the same proportion as the ratio 2:3

 

So to go back to my original issue for writing this piece….

There aren’t enough words to describe the complexity of our number system, or perhaps there are but they are not all used commonly. Those that are used do not always clearly express the distinctions that need to be made to gain a full and deep understanding.

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Generic terms, particularly the four favourites of Addition, Subtraction , Multiplication & Division and perhaps added to these the words Part & Proportion on their own are not sufficient to distinguish the subtleties that at least need to be understood by teachers if not learners and whilst we continue to use them in a general way ambiguous meanings and therefore misunderstandings will prevail.

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The use of diagrammatical models certainly allow us to clarify what we mean and can act as a frame of reference to all when clarifying our meaning but perhaps there is also a need for a clarifying language of terms so we can explain our deeper understanding.

Although I doubt we will ever see KS2 questions quite like this…

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“Describe the how the multiplicand and the product in a multiplicative relationship can be used in a comparative way to find the multiplier and the significance of this quotient in describing the proportion between the aforesaid multiplicand and product.”

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Although if you have read and understood this blog, you may well be able to give it a go.

Psychosides 2017

 

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Modelling ideas

Ideas that focus on using technology to support looking at different mathematical structures, to support or reveal a deeper understanding..

The resources described by Pete Sides at the White Rose Maths Hub conference on bar modelling can be found here.

Power point presentation.

PDF of presentation at White Rose Bar Model conference, Salford (Feb 2017).

Spreadsheets

10 Bar random sums <10 illustrated on a bar model (any part of the number sentence can be hidden)

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NB comparative bars & subtraction are also available on the same file

 

Fraction as a number a mixture of random and self-input fractions showing equivalence in different denominations and mixed number & vulgar fractions  

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Fractions "of" & ratio 

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NB- Values of parts or ratios can be selected to be shown or not

 

Geogebra

10 Bar interactive model of x+y=10 as a bar and as a line graph

geo1

 

x-squared interactive model of y=xshown as bars and as a point on graph

Geo2

 

Circle thoerems: a series of simple geogebra files to allow interactive investigation of theorems

cyclic quadrilaterals

same chord

angle at centre double

geo3geo4geo6

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Arithmetical Structures

Representing the structure behind mathematics can help develop an understanding of arithmetic and/or algebra. This can also be linked with multiple representations of a concept as each of the illustrations below can be shown in alternative ways including number lines, sets & arrays of counters amongst others.

These are intended to provoke discussion amongst colleagues rather than to be used without thought or reflection with learners but SYMH would be happy to hear of colleagues' thoughts on these and if they have used any or similar models with learners to good effect.  

You can also find here a series of resources that can be used with colleagues to discuss conceptual development and structures underlying some of the common techniques taught in number and algebra.

Feel free to use these resources as a catalyst for professional dialogue - should you wish a professional development session to be facilitated in your school, feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click on each below link to download PDF

Additive structures

Multiplicative Structures

Linear equations as bar models

Simultaneous (linear) equations as bar models

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mr02

 

MR03

 

mr04

 

mr06

 

mr07

 

mr08

 

mr09

 

mr10

 

mr11

 

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Modelling negatives

 

Just a few images that some may find helpful when describing calculations with negatives

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Multiplying involves the concept of an "enlargement" operation.

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Then the distinction between the multiplying effect of 1 (stays the same) and -1 (flips it over)

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Which also works on negatives

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...and so we can multiply by any sized positive or negative number.

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amneg5

Now I know I haven't included "taking away" negatives but my explanation takes more than one image to explain - but consider 5 - (-2). Since we know that 5 = 7-2, then 5 - (-2) can be written as (7-2) - (-2). Using this argument alongside appropriate diagrams with learners has proven to be succesful.

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IRIS Connect

What is IRIS Connect?

Originally set up as a system for teachers to record their own teaching through video capture on a secure and convenient platform IRIS Connect now has the additional feature of being able to host training materials in a secure and useful format. It is now easier to sign up for the FREE content licence via this webpage. http://www.irisconnect.co.uk/order-your-group/

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How will this benefit my school?

This will allow all schools to access free of charge training materials developed by the Hub and a platform for schools to benefit from previous workgroups as well as engage with new ones.

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The KS2/3 "Developing Problem Solving using Bar Models" research work group materials are now available.

Additional work groups being developed that intend to share exemplar material and professional development videos include; 

  • Creating teaching for mastery resources
  • Mental agility & subitising research
  • Lesson Study
  • Arithmetic development

In addition to Primary & Secondary based teaching materials.

Problems getting your licence?

Schools can email Katie Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Rainbow Arithmetic Scheme

A little and often

 

The strategy of focusing on arithmetic skills throughout Key Stages 2 & 3 by addressing and practising skills in the first few minutes of each lesson is being used to good effect in a number of the region’s schools.

But Rainbow Arithmetic is more than just a set of FREE resources that enables teachers to do this. At its heart is a set of principles that have a lot in common with the "teaching for mastery" style of learning that many colleagues are developing as they are getting to grips with the new National Curriculum.

Additionally as schools are being encouraged to consider the benefit of using a common approach to the development of arithmetic skills, ideally in coordination within a primary/secondary pyramid the Rainbow scheme can provide the scaffold within which clusters of schools can collaborate.

 

Addressing Key Stage 3 Arithmetic work group 

This work group will focus on supporting schools to use the Rainbow strategy appropriately and effectively and will make use of IRIS Connect and FROG learning platforms with additional face to face support from practising teachers. There are a number of different options for schools to engage with this FREE professional development, so schools are encouraged to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details or complete the online expression of interest form at

Secondary work groups (to register an interest)

 

 

How it began

The Rainbow strategy came about as a result of looking for resources that regularly gave practice of a variety of the basic arithmetic skills. Since none were readily available at that time, in-house worksheets were developed. These were either used once a week in either a practice lesson or given for homework.

Despite KS3 being supposedly "setted" for ability it became apparent that there was a wide range of students' capabilities that quickly resulted in differentiated resources being required to cater for the varied needs. Hence a colour system that started with Red (easiest) to Ultra-Violet (hardest)

More than just practice

Once a week gave way to regular "start of lesson" practice interspersed with short episodes of learning that addressed misconceptions and procedural errors. The use of mini-whiteboards became an essential feature of these explanatory sessions that focussed on a single conceptual element or arithmetic skill.

The practice element continued in intervening sessions either focussing on a single aspect just covered or back to a mix of skills appropriate to the level of the students.

The importance of written solutions

Homework then became a different type of practice. Over time the emphasis of homework focused on presentation and clear explanation of working. So the scheme incorporated quick-fire practice at the start of lessons and more considered application of skills at home.

Randomised questions & on-line support

The need to quickly produce a large number of questions for students to tackle prompted a greater use of the random function of spreadsheets. These could be used to easily create a starter or a practice homework which many teachers found an invaluable tool.

On-line support for students ranged from VLE based explanations to Youtube videos and a structure of learning objectives was created mostly in-line with the National Curriculum that gave students clear targets to achieve before moving to the next colour. The next step is to develop on-line resources that use iconic structure to support conceptual understanding.

Targeted feedback and problem solving

The strategy of using Rainbow starters for either practice or focussed learning has been consistent, but the development of the use of homework to develop multi-step skills and "follow-up" homework to address individual students' needs took the homework to the next level.

The practice of fortnightly individualised follow up homework based on a student’s previous submitted work has greatly helped target individual progress.

The practice of setting problems using skills from a previous level has also allowed students to tackle more confidently the unfamiliar or applied aspect of problem solving.

Want to find out more?

This overview can in no way satisfactorily describe the Rainbow pedagogy but colleagues are encouraged to examine the resources available and consider the face to face professional development support available to schools.

Schools with access to IRIS Connect (freely available for all South Yorkshire schools) will soon be able to see exemplar videos of the whole programme in action.

If you would like to discuss a presentation for your school please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

FREE resources: Click on pictures to open

Feel free to use these and distribute and share with others. You may not sell these resources and it would be appreciated if you acknowledged the contribution of the Notre Dame maths department in their development. Please note spreadsheet erquire macros to be enabled to work correctly.

Starters

The interactive spreadsheets that make up the question bank is the core resource used by teachers in the Rainbow strategy in the classroom. The questions are sub-divided by colour and strand and can easily be edited to create a bespoke resource to meet the needs of a particular group. 

Randomised spreadsheet starters with preset challenges for a variety of levels, use bottom tabs to select different ones

Rainbowchallengeexample

 

Question bank of over 200 different randomised questions classified into type and level - from which bespoke challenges can be created

Rainbowquestionbankexample

Level Descriptors

You will notice that each colour/level is sub-divided into strands and each has a short description of the "skill/concept" being targeted for development.

These are NOT strictly along national curriculum lines but for approximate comparison BLUE is in line with the expectation of Y6. The strategy is aimed at practising & developing skills in KS2 & 3 so not directly relevant for KS1.

However aspirationally KS1 = Red, Orange = Y3, Yellow = Y4, Green = Y5, Blue = Y6, Indigo = Y7

 Rainbowleveldescriptors

Start of Y7 Assessment

This is used at ND in the first week, teachers are encouraged to adapt something similar for their own purposes as they know their students best.

For obvious reasons we do not make this assessment freely available via the website but please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a copy

 

Homework Sheets

For those of you familiar with the older resources you will notice a slight shift of emphasis towards a balance between the straightforward computational questions and multi-step problems. This suits the ND version of Rainbow however it is now much easier to create your own set of homework or independent study sheets.

Rainbowhmwkexample

There are over 50 pre-written homeworks across the range of levels a selection of which acn be found at the evry bottom of this page.

- if you would like more examples or the full set please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

So much more than just a set of resources

The 4 rules practice spreadsheet is an example of just one resource amongst many available that can be used to practice. However what is ESSENTIAL for teachers to understand is that this resource as well as all the Rainbow resources are only effective if they are used effectively. The success of Rainbow as a strategy is HOW it has been used in schools as a developmental tool to support teachers TEACH procedural techniques alongside conceptual understanding AND allow students to PRACTICE without requiring an over burdensome amount of preparation.

 Rainbow4rulespractice

For more details about the Rainbow strategy feel free to contact the South Yorkshire Maths Hub at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Planning & resource development

All we want is .....

More than any other aspect the most common request from teachers is one of resources and teaching materials. This can be frustrating if you hold the opinion that resources alone are not the answer to effect the change we hope to achieve in the current evolution of maths education. However often the provision of a teaching idea in the form of an activity, problem or series of questions can allow a teacher to explore a new strategy for learning which they may not have done.

So the focus for sharing of resources and teaching materials could be to act as a catalyst to encourage colleagues to try new and occassionally innovative methods of teaching in a bid to generate greater reflection and collaboration amongst the region's professionals. We very much hope that teachers are inspired to tell us how new strategies fare in the classroom (good and bad) and share resources of their own. SYMH will be most effective if it can act as a conduit to collaboration across the region as well as providing access to new ideas from across the country.

Teaching for mastery

With respect to teaching for mastery we hope the focus of sharing ideas and materials will, over time increasingly shift to incorporating elements of teaching for mastery principles and pedagogy. One of the most impactful strategies is collaboratively planning and in all work groups there are oppotunities available for colleagues to participate with other teachesr from other schools.

Collaborative planning, where do we start?

Different methods being suggested for departments or groups of colleagues to try include;

  • Card sort of increasingly complex questions
  • "S-plan" of small step development
    • Taking a "big idea" and exploring connections

 

Increasingly complex questions/concepts

This strategy for professsional development collaborative discussion involves choosing a topic area within the curriculum (for example area of simple shapes) and presenting staff with a mixture of cards each with different questions that may be typically asked of learners within that topic. Staff are asked to arrange the cards in such a way so that they represent a development of learning from the fundamental skills to the more complex. Staff are then asked to consider the learning journey and in particular the conceptual development as well as the procedural development the learners undertake from moving from the simpest question to the most complex.

The ensuing discussions revolve around how we as teachers can guide rather than instruct learners along this "journey", with particular focus on small but clear steps of progression. Once one topic has been addressed teachers can then be asked to create their own sets of cards for a new topic, which adds a further element to the process.

Exemplar sort cards

Addition : these are an example of cards that illustrate concepts

Areas of triangles : these are an example of cards that illustrate questions

Once a group of colleagues has done this a few times, it can be enough to start introducing just challenging questions and ask them to consider, What do learners need to get to this point where they are able to attempt this type of question? This can form the basis of the S-plan style of collaborative discussion.

 

S-planning

This method addresses a theme - often a national curriculum statement and aims to strip it down into smaller steps by which teachers can refelect on the strategies to move learners along the "learning journey" of these small steps. Once the steps have been identified teachers can focus on how best learners can master the conceptual & procedural skills and knowledge of each one in turn.

If colleagues which to save time on identifying these steps they may wish to use the resource created by GLOW Maths Hub (which also includes some White Rose Maths Hub material) namely MathsNAV (a Sat Nav for Maths!) By selecting an appropriate topic there are suggested smaller steps that could be placed on the S-plan NB these are suggested steps not pre-scribed

The journey may start with a "hook" and end with a "deeper element" or "problem solving" aspect. A collaborative planning group may also reflect on the prior learning required for learners and focus on these end points as mathematical rich activities for encouraging dialogue with students.

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Some schools are preparing for this sort of collaboration by focusing on finding/creating these quality final challenging questions, which can then be shared and discussed.

Sharing questions might help because

  • Questions are a resource that every teacher needs, but teachers can use them in a way that fits with the way they teach. Sharing whole lessons and teaching approaches can give the impression that experienced and successful teachers, who know their classes best and have their own style, are being told what to do.

  • They help teachers see all the possible ways that students need to be able to think about the topic, and make them reflect on what the key ideas are and best to use explanations and examples to build a deep understanding of the topic.

  • They free up teacher time from creating or finding the questions (when this work has already been done by others), and gives them time to concentrate on how to structure a unit of work into small steps that give students the understanding and confidence to tackle harder problems. ​

 

 

Developing a big idea

This involves a much wider discussion about the curriculum as "big" ideas often permeate across a number of traditional topics. Proportion and the concept of multiplication is one example that can be considered. The professional dialogue may begin with considering which aspects or topics in maths this big idea contributes to. Questions that may be considered are; Does the big idea or concept reveal itself explicitly? How is the concept developed over time as learners meet the different topic areas?  What is the focus of learning?

Often the discussions reveal a possible shift in emphasis of the focus of learning in topics linked by a "big idea" from the individual procedures of any one topic towards the conceptual development of the wider understanding which in turn lead to learners making links across the curriculum.

For an example of how a concept may provoke discussion in this way : see Psychobabble blog 1

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SDI trial

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Funding opportunity from Y&H Maths Hub (Click here for flyer) The Education Endowment Fund Same Day Intervention maths efficacy trial is not a recruitment to workgroups for the YHMH - it...

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There are too few words to describe the complexities of our number system. I am sure there is nothing new about what I am trying to explain here, much of it...

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Modelling negatives

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