The conference for all 11-19 mathematics teachers

2-4 July 2020

University of Bath

Plenary speaker: Saturday

Craig Barton

13:45-14:45, Saturday 29 June

How I wish I'd taught maths: 18 months on.

18 months since the release of my book, How I wish I'd taught maths, the time has come to reflect on some of the book's key ideas. Having had the pleasure of trying them with students all around the world, and watching hundreds of teachers put them to practice in their own classrooms, what ideas have had the biggest impact, and how have the ideas been improved? I have also had chance to reflect on some of the book's more controversial ideas, including Silent Teacher, my campaign to ban all classroom displays, and of course my (dangerous and clueless) take on variation theory. In this plenary I will delve into some of this and more.

Craig Barton

Craig Barton has been teaching maths since 2004, predominantly in two comprehensive schools in the sunny North West of England, Range High School in Formby and Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton. Four years into his career, Craig was appointed an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) giving him the opportunity to work with and learn from many teachers and students in a wide variety of schools.

Since 2009, Craig has been the Secondary Mathematics adviser for the Times Educational Supplement (TES), the largest professional network of teachers in the world, reviewing, creating and sharing resources with hundreds of thousands of teachers.

He is the creator of the popular website and blog, which provides free resources to teachers and students all around the world, with the aim of making maths more fun and exciting for everyone.

Craig is the host of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, interviewing leading figures from the world of education, such as Dylan Wiliam, Doug Lemov, Daisy Christodoulou and Dan Meyer.

He is the co-creator of Diagnostic Questions, a formative assessment website hosting the world's largest collection of high-quality maths diagnostic multiple choice questions, which aims to help students and teachers from all around the world to identify, understand and resolve key misconceptions, and currently has over 20 million answers and explanations.

More recently he has created the websites, and, with millions of teachers from across the globe sharing high-quality resources based on ideas from Craig's book. Craig has been fortunate enough to give talks, run workshops and work with teachers and students all over the world, from Bangkok to Basingstoke.

He is the author of the best-selling book, How I wish I'd taught maths: Lessons learned from research, conversations with experts, and 12 years of mistakes, and the author of 3 (non-maths!) novels.

Fingers crossed he is also still married to Kate when you are reading this.