Andrew Blair - @inquirymaths
Corinne Angier - Corrinne is on the General Council of ATM
On Saturday I felt to be in the company of many people, (slightly over 100) who were keen to discuss and work on the many issues concerning teaching and learning in mixed-attainment mathematics groups at KS3 and KS4. I felt there was much sharing of practice and ideas and pedagogical implications for looking at the alternative to creating ‘ability’ sets. Something that was important was the fact the presenters gave up their own time for this non-profit making conference. Nobody was selling published resources or schemes of work created with profit motives in mind.
I was aware some people took photos and wondered if they might like to send any of them to either myself or Helen so they can be posted on the mixed-attainment website. For example I know a couple of folk took photos of the whiteboard which showed a spider diagram based upon all the different mathematical concepts and skills which are accessible through the use of a 9-pin square Geoboard together with a simple grid of nine dots.
I hope this conference becomes the embryo of a community of practice involving teachers who are keen to develop their own schemes of work for use in mixed-attainment classrooms.
To finish, I am aware my first two sentences contain the words “I felt”. I invite others who attended the conference, therefore, to write a short piece for the website about what you felt the day was all about.
Sam Hoggard, one of the workshop presenters has written an interesting blog about tasks that provide students with the opportunity to shift their relationship with mathematical objects and ideas. You can find Sam's blog using the link below.