This is the London Branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics; we would like to welcome you to participate in our seminar series for teachers of mathematics. The sessions are mostly practical and hands-on and the conference will get us all together …
This year we have decided to focus on getting speakers known for what they do, to make this a high quality INSET programme for teachers interested in developing their skills in engaging learners with mathematical thinking. We will have a series of 4 Saturday morning sessions and a one day conference.
Saturday 7th October 10:00 to 12:30
(UCL/IOE) The Institute of Education, Main Building on Bedford Way
Rob Eastaway: Arithmetricks Workshop
According to a statistic that I just made up, only 1% of school leavers can square the number 29 in their head. Well why would they need to? They have a calculator to do that. Thanks to calculators and spreadsheets, mental arithmetic has become something of a forgotten art., the poor relation of mathematics, which is now almost completely ignored in post-16 education. (This explains why school-leavers are often far less fluent at arithmetic than Year 6 children).
This workshop is a chance to try out and share arithmetic methods and short-cuts ancient and modern – and to remind yourself that arithmetic can enrich understanding of deeper mathematical ideas.
Why attend? Partly because there are times when being able to work out 223 divided by 17 in your head can be useful - and partly just for the fun of it.
Other sessions and Conference dates to be confirmed.
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL