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The conference for all 11-19 mathematics teachers

29 June - 1 July 2017

Keele University

Using provocative questions to reason our way to GCSE

Alan Easterbrook

14:15 - 15:15 Friday 30th June

KS3 and KS4

Reasoning and Problem Solving contribute 60% to the GCSE assessment, so we can't teach content in isolation; all topics must be approached through the medium of reasoning and problem solving. Through examples from many topics we will look at a range of teaching strategies to encourage deeper, connected understanding, provoke genuine mathematical thinking and strengthen students' resilience. We will develop our own 'provocative questions' that stimulate higher order thinking around these topics.

Assumed knowledge

This session is appropriate for those who are confident in the topics listed in the session description and who have ideally taught these topics.

About the speaker(s)

After thirty years as a teacher and subject leader Alan now presents courses for the FMSP, MEI, NCETM and the National STEM Centre, and has led work for a Maths Hub developing Reasoning and Problem Solving. All of his work with teachers is centred on teaching for engagement, independence and understanding.