To develop excellent secondary maths teachers we need space in the curriculum for critical reflection
By Blog Editor, IOE Digital, on 11 January 2022
Mathematics teacher educators face strikingly similar challenges to secondary maths teachers. Both groups face the seemingly impossible task of enabling students to achieve depth of understanding whilst being expected to cover an overly prescriptive core curriculum.
The Government’s plans for reforming initial teacher education look unlikely to have a positive impact on maths teaching. What would improve the situation?
I have highlighted elsewhere the growing consensus amongst mathematics educators that the school curriculum needs to focus more on developing conceptual understanding. Students need to progress beyond learning mathematical procedures without appreciating what they are used for. They need to develop confidence in applying these procedures to solve real life problems similar to those they will encounter in their lives. This means students need to be given opportunities to explore challenging (more…)