Teaching Maths Made Easier

Interactive & effective ways to enable the learning of Maths and Numeracy

This one-day workshop is about the delivery of Numeracy and Mathematics. Delegates from all levels of involvement and responsibility will explore how Numeracy and Mathematics can be delivered in an interactive, effective and fun way. In a day packed full of activities and discussion, participants will experience real creativity, with a wealth of strategies, resources and approaches.

In addition to the core focus – how to support learners effectively in developing their maths/numeracy skills – the workshop also provides an opportunity for participants to become more confident in their own knowledge of, and approach to, teaching Numeracy and Mathematics; helping them to develop their skills whilst providing examples of good practice for those tasked with observing the teaching and training of Numeracy and Mathematics.

For Whom
This workshop will be of interest to representatives from all organisations delivering learning. It is especially suited to those delivering numeracy and mathematics skills either as a course or where embedded in vocational qualifications; also for those responsible for the quality of teaching in Numeracy and Mathematics, providing peer support or observing lessons in this area.

Aims and Objectives

This workshop enables participants to become familiar with a range of strategies and approaches for teaching Numeracy and Mathematics. Participants will

  • gain a more confident approach to Numeracy/Mathematics teaching and learning
  • consider what makes a good Numeracy/Mathematics tutor
  • reflect on their own practice
  • gain confidence in trying out new teaching approaches
  • understand pedagogical strategies for teaching Numeracy and Mathematics
  • have greater confidence in their own mathematical ability
  • use teaching and learning resources and know where to find them
  • find support in defining their professional development needs

Content

Participants will experience an extensive range of approaches for developing their understanding of numeracy & mathematics whilst exploring and exchanging ideas and approaches to use with their own learners. There will be opportunities to identify strategies and develop skills to support the teaching of numeracy & mathematics, the chance to share good practice and explore interactive, fun and effective ways to raise confidence in their delivery of these vital subjects.

1.Numeracy and Mathematics – Background and Context Setting
This short introductory session outlines the drivers behind the latest focus on numeracy and mathematics and how the high quality of teaching can enable real learning and progression.

  • Drivers and Benefits
  • Functional Skills, Skills for Life, Levels for Numeracy and Mathematics

2. What makes a good Numeracy/Mathematics Teacher/Trainer
Session 2 considers the skills and attributes that make a highly effective numeracy/mathematics teacher/trainer and demonstrates, through practical exercises, simple techniques and approaches that enable effective assessment of the teacher/trainers’ core skills set.

  • Analysing teacher/trainer Numeracy/Mathematics skills and opportunities for development
  • Setting Numeracy/Mathematics in a wider context
  • Active Learning

3. Effective strategies for teaching Numeracy/Mathematics
This session covers a significant part of the day and focuses on fun and interactive pedagogical approaches when teaching numeracy/mathematics skills. The range of approaches and techniques used will provide opportunities for the sharing of good practice and comparison with existing practice. Equipped with this variety of methods and activities, participants will have greater confidence in their ability to teach, enjoyably and effectively for the learners, a selection of maths/numeracy topics across the breadth of the curriculum.

  • The four rules – including large numbers & place value
  • Fractions, percentages and decimals
  • Measure shape and space including: money, time, formulae etc
  • Data handling, including graphs, probability, statistics

4.Problem-solving strategies in teaching maths/numeracy
Session 4 demonstrates ways in which problem-solving can be used in mathematical and numeric settings

  • Teaching problem-solving skills
  • Using games and puzzles to support learning
  • The language of maths
  • Active questioning

5.Planning delivery of Numeracy and Mathematics in your organisation
Session 5 enables participants to consider how best to put the day’s learning into practice on their return to work

  • Developing a maths/numeracy session plan
  • Reviewing resources
  • Identifying and action-planning professional development

6. Additional forms of support outside the workshop

  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to resources