Visualising something is a key thinking skill in mathematics. Children will say 'I just did it in my head' often meaning that they held an image or 'saw' a picture that enabled them to carry out the mathematics mentally. Thinking through images is a stage away from, but linked to, the use of practical resources to manipulate and try out ideas. In this workshop, ex-HMI Mathematics Lead Nigel Bufton invites you to explore ‘mental imagery’ as a mathematics pedagogy and powerful learning tool. The event is free to all London early years, primary and secondary teachers who are interested in exploring this topic through Lesson Study.
This event is organised by the North and Central London Mathematics Lesson Study Schools Learning Hub. Funded by the GLA, the Learning Hub is a free-to-join, cross-phase learning community of mathematics practitioners who focus on using lesson study as a method to improve mathematics pedagogy and pupil learning in mathematics across all key stages. This mode of professional learning employed meets all the criteria of the recently published National CPD standard - teacher learning that improves pupil learning.
The hub runs from Hampstead School and is one of three London hubs that have been funded to further develop and embed the work of the London Mayor's Funded Mathematics Lesson Study project involving 96 schools across London between 2013 and 2015. Schools involved in this project saw significant improvements in teacher confidence and practice knowledge in teaching mathematics and in pupil learning and test results.
The group is supported by national mathematics expert Nigel Bufton and international lesson study practitioners as well as school based experts who developed their skills and practices through lesson study and wanted to continue to work and improve practice and leadership of mathematics in this way. The group meets on two afternoons each term and both problem-solves and shares learning gained from each others’ lesson studies. For more information about the hub visit our website - www.lessonstudyhub.co.uk or https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/education-and-youth-publications/lsef-teaching-resources/london-1