Scottish Mathematical Council Conference Brain Dump

Here are some facts/actions/ideas I jotted down at the conference.  Some are  from speakers, some are ideas that occurred to me as I listened:

Learning Together Maths with Graeme Logan

  • exploratory talk is an important feature of good practice in maths lesssons

  • I could do a weekly email to all staff listing main numeracy skills being learned in maths each week in S1/S2

  • key changes in CfE for maths include more “uncertainty”, impact and history and problem solving as a tool across maths

  • reformat self assessment traffic light sheets as mind maps/trees to show structure of LIs

  • good Learning Outcomes do not confuse learning with activity

  • outstanding LIs include what, how and why (revisited in plenary)

  • LIs can be verbal

  • Scottish survey of numeracy  is coming in May

  • AFL is critical to CfE - don’t be afraid to revisit it in CPD

  • Developing/Consolidating/Secure should NOT be used about individual E&Os, and were not designed for tracking/target setting

New National 4/5 Maths Qualifications with Mr Topping

  • no more NABs!  Items will be on NAR and we'll have to assemble them into unit assessments

  • Nat 5 will not be Int 2.  Carving off of apps into Lifeskills Maths means that the harder stuff can permeate all 3 units better

Other random stuff that occurred to me or was said to me through the day:

  • make textbook work richer by having pairs take it in turns to answer questions, explaining their thinking to their partner as they go

  • use local carry-out menus for money work

  • use a google docs form to perform something like a diagnostic interview with a whole class at once (pupils logged into GAE)

Quite a lot of ideas for one day.  I guess it made the early start on a Saturday morning worthwhile!


  1. I just noticed your blog post on twitter and you've made me think about how children learn about maths on a day to day basis.

    For example, we've been saving up for a class trophy we want to buy - the 'group of the week' will proudly display it on their table ... I hope the incentive works :-)

    The class scoured the website to see what was affordable. We voted for one and then decided how much everyone would need to contribute towards the cost. They worked out how much was needed (including postage). Two bookkeepers keep a track of how much/who has contributed so far. Every day there's great interest in how near they are to owning their class trophy that they can take with them to Primary 7 .. getting their money's worth!

    There's probably loads of incidental learning for maths and maybe I should ditch the text books - but what if we miss out on learning something important? Oh well - back to SHM for a while yet :-)

  2. Sounds like a great bit of learning.
    How we balance this with full breadth of coverage is the big challenge isn't it.


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