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Key Ideas in Mentoring Mathematics Teachers

Develop as a mentor of early career maths teachers through engagement with robust and up-to-date mathematics education research.

Develop as a mentor of early career maths teachers

On this course, you’ll be led by experts from the UCL Institute of Education as you learn how to support less experienced maths teachers.

Through current research taught in step-based discussion and live, taught sessions in Weeks 3 and 5, you’ll boost your own subject knowledge in teaching secondary school students and apply new research to your teaching practice.

As a mentor, you’ll use your personal experience to reflect upon and develop further your practice as well as share your expertise with new teachers.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHi, my name is Cosette Crisan. Hi, I'm Eirini Geraniou, and we are both mathematics educators at the UCL Institute of Education in London. We have both worked on teacher training programmes for a number of years, and we are undertaking high quality research in mathematics education which continuously informs our own practice. I am currently leading the master's in mathematics education programme and contribute to the training of secondary school mathematics teachers. And I'm currently leading one of the training of secondary school mathematics teachers programmes and contribute to the master's in mathematics education programme at UCL. We are the designers of this online short course which is aimed of the development of practising experienced mathematics teachers as mentors.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsThis course is suitable for you if you are a mathematics teacher of 11 to 18-year-old students with at least three years of teaching experience. Teachers with such a background draw on their wealth of knowledge about what works and is effective in teaching and learning, and reflect upon how best to mentor others. Such wisdom of practice is an invaluable source and body of knowledge indeed. This course will further enrich your wisdom of practice with evidence from mathematics education research about various aspects related to the teaching and learning of specific mathematics topics at school level.

Skip to 1 minute and 30 secondsWe hope that by undertaking this course, you will experience the benefits of research-informed teaching practice, which in turn, will also support you in mentoring less experienced colleagues.

What topics will you cover?

The course covers four pedagogically-powerful inter-connected themes:

  • Fostering Algebraic Reasoning,
  • Fostering Geometric Reasoning,
  • Fostering Numerical Reasoning,
  • Fostering Functional Reasoning.

These themes focus on promoting ‘big ideas’ in learning and teaching mathematics such as generalisation and abstraction, reasoning and proof, precision in mathematical language, conceptual structures within mathematics, and appreciating the potential for mathematics teaching and learning of digital technologies.

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Improve your subject knowledge for teaching mathematics appropriate to the range of secondary school students (11-18 years old)
  • Engage with relevant educational research and understand how it can be applied to you
  • Apply educational research findings to your own practice as a mentor and that of your mentees
  • Contribute to a community of mathematics mentors

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for those who have been teaching mathematics at secondary school level for at least three years. This background is needed as mentors draw upon their observations and wealth of knowledge as experienced teachers to suggest effective and workable approaches for maths lessons.

This background is necessary for mentors to draw upon their observations and knowledge as experienced teachers.

What software or tools do you need?

We recommend that you can access GeoGebra on the device you are using to access the course. The application is based online and offers a free download for a number of its tools.

Live sessions will be delivered at two points during the course. To participate in these it is recommended that learners source a device with audio input or separate headset.

Who will you learn with?

Cosette Crisan

Cosette Crisan

I have always been interested in how learners make sense of mathematics, and research has continuously developed my thinking about teaching mathematics at all levels of education.

Eirini Geraniou

Eirini Geraniou

I am a mathematics educator and my ultimate goal is to continue to offer my support to the mathematics education community and mathematics teachers through valuable research work.

Who developed the course?

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
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