• Podcast

Making the most of our new secondary mastery materials

An interview with three of the people behind the recently published Secondary Mastery Professional Development Materials

  • Published: 26/09/2019

In this first episode of the new school year, we interview three of the people behind the recently published Secondary Mastery Professional Development Materials. They explain how the materials can help departments and teachers develop their maths pedagogy to teach for deep and connected understanding. They offer teachers suggestions for how the materials might be used, where they might start and how they are structured.

If you would like to look at the specific section discussed in detail on the podcast, ‘Understanding multiplicative relationships’, you can find that here.

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion are:

  • Carol Knights, Director for Secondary, NCETM
  • Pete Griffin, Assistant Director (Secondary), NCETM
  • Steve Lomax, Maths Hub Lead, GLOW Maths Hub
  • Gwen Tresidder, Communications Manager, NCETM

Episode chapters

  • 01:01 – What we mean by ‘teaching for mastery’
  • 04:01 – How and why the materials were created
  • 06:06 – Balance between too much and too little material in a lesson
  • 07:08 – How they are intended to be used by teachers
  • 10:27 – Classroom ideas contained in the materials
  • 13:58 – How the materials are structured
  • 14:24 – The six themes (and why algebra is not one of them)
  • 17:11 – How teachers in a school might work with the materials
  • 23:25 – The multiplicative reasoning theme in detail
  • 27:10 – Why trigonometry is part of multiplicative reasoning
  • 30:40 – Common misconceptions
  • 31:15 – Representations: PDF documents and videos
  • 34:10 – How they can be used by a teacher on his/her own
  • 36:30 – How the materials are linked to research

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