It’s an experiment

My project is underpinned by

a) a commitment to listening to the community

b) an interest in the power of new (and old) technologies

I am asking those with an interest in mathematics education to help me build a community understanding of the messages (implicit as well as explicit) that the various reports in the public domain are giving.

My approach is experimental and my hope is that the community will contribute; I am hoping for comments, critique and discussion from all those involved in mathematics education; for example teachers, researchers and policy makers. Students and parents would be good too!

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9 Responses to It’s an experiment

  1. Ade says:

    If it’s an experiments
    it will be better tested on practitioners especially Maths subjects Heads/ teachers/adviser/examiners/lecturers/tutors/co-odinators e.t.c. I think.
    With this in mind the community will definitely succeeds

  2. Luise Gibbs says:

    I completely agree with Ade. Teachers have the most important voice but are we in danger of not hearing their voice?

  3. Els says:

    I think it is a great experiment, and beautifully presented! Well done Marie! I know of several people who would be interested in this apart from teachers. There are colleagues at universities, including those who work with practitioners but are not necessarily research active; people at LEAs (yes, some still exist!); PGCE students; and then all the other teacher training schemes that are now in exisitence. Not sure how to get into contact with them though! Perhaps initially via TeachFirst, Ark, Future Leaders?

  4. I’m a maths teacher and I’m happy to comment and tweet links to your blog posts. Exactly what do you want us to comment on? Are there specific points or questions to which we could respond?

    • Marie says:

      Thanks, John, I am sure your input as a maths teacher will be valuable. What do you feel, for example, about the messages that come through the reports about maths teachers? Have a look at a few of the summaries I’ve put up and see if you get any sense of how teachers’ views are – or are not – represented?
      You’re also an expert on the use of social media (I think) so you might like to comment on my methods. How can I engage people?

  5. James says:

    Hi Marie. It’s James from Malta. I had the pleasure of meeting you last month when I visited Nottingham re my PhD research. I came across your experiment through the CRME newsletter. I think it’s a great idea. How do you get teachers involved? That’s exactly what I am trying to do over here, in Malta, creating an awareness about the teaching and learning of mathematics and our way forward. A possibility might be to send an invitation to schools around the UK asking teachers to access your blog. If you can get this linked to Facebook, which I think it is, then it could be easier for them to comment, like or answer your questions.
    Hope this helps. Good luck with your work.

    • Marie says:

      Hello James! Lovely to hear from you.
      Thanks for your positive comments… I have thought a lot about how to get teachers involved, and have had quite a few teachers viewing the blog. One of the problems, though, is that they (and everybody else) seems to find it difficult to know what to say! One of the ways I have used is to mention the blog periodically on the TES teacher forum, asking a specific question.

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