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Learning in Lockdown 1 – Kathryn Darwin

A second in department shares her experiences of the new challenges that learning in lockdown has created, and how she and her school are overcoming them

Learning in Lockdown 1 – Kathryn Darwin
  • Published: 07/05/2020

Since late March schools across England have been closed to most pupils due to the coronavirus pandemic. This podcast explores how schools and teachers are managing the challenges of providing remote learning in maths, supporting students and looking after their own well-being in an unprecedented situation.

Provision of mass remote learning is new to all teachers – where we might normally turn to research or a more experienced colleague, we are now all finding our way. We hope that this interview, and others that follow, will generate ideas and allow listeners to reflect on their own practice, remembering that different contexts will require different approaches.

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion, recorded on 6 May, are:

  • Kathryn Darwin: secondary maths teacher and second in department in a West Yorkshire school
  • Gwen Tresidder: NCETM Communications Manager

Episode chapters

  • 00:46 – Structure of working day at home
  • 01:15 – Home learning decisions taken by school
  • 03:08 – Engagement levels of students
  • 06:45 – Feedback from students
  • 07:18 – Looking ahead to when schools come back
  • 13:44 – How every teacher’s situation is unique

Useful links

Kathryn tweets as @Arithmaticks

Her lesson videos are at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnfadLE-L18II2megirK4zg/videos

Kathryn is one of the regular hosts on our Tuesday night CPD Twitter chat #mathscpdchat. At 13:45 she mentions this and #LockdownStaffRoom – an initiative she has taken to bring together a Twitter community in a live video ‘staffroom’ type conversation.

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