#Mathsconf23 in Haikus

In the past four weeks I have endeavoured to watch all 34 of the seminars which were available at MathsConf23 ran by La Salle Ed. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to present my thoughts on each of the seminars as I wanted to avoid use of opinion as much as possible, as I know that different people get different things from each seminar so it is not my place to say which ones I found more or less useful than others. This is where I turned to where most people turn in their time of need… Japanese poetry, so I have written a Haiku about each seminar. Hopefully I have given enough information about each one so you can decide whether you want to watch the full seminar or not. *A Haiku is a Japanese poem with 3 lines in a 5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable formation*.

Why Learning Maths Is Hard…. and What We Can Do To HelpStuart Welsh

Learning trumps work load,
Look at progress not the grades,
Thought process is key.

Magical Maths: Provoking Curiosity – Ben Sparks and Rob Eastaway

Example magic tricks,
Do you want know how they work?,
Maths is the answer!

Raising Understanding. Raising Attainment – Siobhan McKenna

Contracts for success,
Thinking mathematically,
What questions to ask.

How to Discover Mathematics Phillip Legner

Promote their confidence,
Their creativity; learn
Problem-solving techniques.

Solving Mathematical Word Problems – 5 Activities to Build Understanding – Jean Knapp

Goal free and Changes,
Summarise and Word Focus,
Asking why and how!

Workshop by Pearson: Making up for lost time….Year 11 – Mel Muldowney and Christian Seager

Low stakes assessing,
Prioritise cross over,
Help rapid progress.

DoItTwistItSolveIt – Steve Lomax

Ask for examples,
Non-examples; then apply
Gives understanding.

Behaving Mathematically – Jonathon Hall

Quick, thought provoking,
Pedagogically rich,
Lots of examples.

Principles and Procedures in Geometry – Sudeep Gokarakonda

Start with principles,
Then add some exercises,
Formulae come last.

Method Selection: Practical strategies to help students interpret problems- David Busby

Teachers can model,
The decisions they’re making,
To choose which method.

Ipsative Ideas – Andrew Woods

Great for mixed classes,
Measure progress not the grade,
Hard but effective!

Working With Low Attaining Pupils – Gary Lamb

Effort over brains,
Expect the unexpected,
Let students aim high.

Conceptualising MathsPeter Mattock

Visual prompts are key,
Examples, non-examples,
And Interleaving.

Fractions: Multiple Representations Roisin McArdle

A combo of
Fraction representations
Will support success.

Pi Vs Tau & Other Mathematical Arguments – Ayliean MacDonals

Topics for debate,
Squash the right/wrong opinion,
How to mediate.

Mathematical Thinking Is Powered by Play – Jordan Rappaport

Be a pro in the
Progression of reasoning,
Whilst discovering.

There’s More to Maths than GCSE – David McEwan

A list of courses;
Other than GCSE,
Support the masses.

Always teach ‘what’ before ‘why’ -Kristopher Boulton

Knowing the end point,
Lessens risk of forgetting,
Less overwhelming.

From Abacus to Zero: The etymology of Words of Mathematics – Ed Southall

The derivations
Of key vocabulary,
Students know and use.

An introduction to assessment design – Andrew Taylor

Ensure the timing,
And questions are suitable.
Have a clear purpose.

The Wonderful World of Revision – Julia Smith

Keep it positive,
5 R’s Revision Approach,
And fab resources!

Mathematical Beauty: Ideas and Talks to Promote Awe, Wonder and Pleasure – Dan Pearcy

Lots of examples,
Involving discovering
Relevant content.

Exploring Atomisation and Convertization – Joe Berwick

Using small steps and
Removing the scaffolding.
None get left behind.

Teaching Exact Trig Values – Jo Morgan

Use of problems, resources,
And interleaving.

Exploring Creative Thinking & Problem Solving – Drew Foster

Plenty of problems,
How to implement in class,
Make common practice.

Sequencing an Interim Curriculum – Dan Draper

Honest discussion,
The compromises we make,
To achieve high grades.

Focus on the Mathematics: Using Autograph for T&L –Robert Smith and Douglas Butler

Plethora of ways;
Which one can use autograph,
Shape, Graphs, Vectors, Stats.

Teaching statistics with the AQA Large Data Set – Dan Rogan

How the LDS,
Works with programmes and tools,
To teach Statistics.

How Sparx Maths creates personalised homework for every student – Rachel Blakeney and Iain Ford

Tailors to students,
Across the whole website,
Homework specific.

Misconceptions in Mathematics: Angles – Craig Barton

Finding and fixing,
The misconceptions in angles,
References great sites.

Speak like a mathematician: The importance of the words we use – Tom Manners

Language can support
Or halt understanding,
Choose your words well.

Explode your mind with Exploding Dots: A global Phenomenon – James Tanton

Understanding number work,
Converts to pictures.

Preparing year 11 students for A level Study – Sheena Flower

How to best adapt,
All aspects of A Level,
In current climate.

GCSE (9-1) Mathematics assessments: What we can learn from candidate performance so far to inform future teaching – Neil Ogden

Using past results,
And the language of mark schemes,
To aid our teaching.

All the seminar recordings can be found here

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