SPOTLIGHT ON: DEB FRIIS

SPOTLIGHT ON: DEB FRIIS

SPOTLIGHT ON: DEB FRIIS

Deb Friis is  a secondary maths teacher and research associate at Durrington High School in Sussex, as well as an Assistant Maths Hub Lead, co-leading our Secondary Mastery Programme here at Sussex Maths Hub.

Recently, Deb led a session on Mastery in Mathematics for PGCE and SDT trainees at the University of Brighton.

James Kendrick: Senior Lecturer – Mathematics Education at the University of Brighton, had this to say about the experience.

“We recently invited Deb Friis from the Sussex Maths Hub to deliver a remote session on Mastery in Mathematics teaching to our PGCE and SDT trainees. At this point, in a normal year, trainees are between their two school placements, and it is an excellent time for them to reflect on what they have learnt about maths teaching, and to begin to explore in more detail what good quality maths teaching is.

Although the trainees have already encountered many of the ideas around Mastery and Research Informed teaching, it was brilliant for them to be able to see how these ideas and practices are shared across the profession through the work of Maths Hubs. Having this delivered by someone who works in a Research School alongside working with a Maths Hub demonstrated to them how dynamic a profession teaching is – with its continuous improvement and research informed practice. This made the session very relevant to them at their point in training, but also created a genuine sense of excitement that they were entering such a dynamic community and that they would have opportunities to continue to develop their own practice and understanding.

The session was really well prepared, and was delivered online using Desmos, with some self-study in the morning followed by a live online component in the afternoon. The move to online delivery has been a very steep learning curve for everyone, but the way Deb ran it demonstrated how effective this model of delivery can be.

The trainees really enjoyed the session and have fed back to me how valuable it was to them at this point in their training, giving them a lot of practical resources and ways to improve their teaching. Deb handled all of their questions really well, demonstrating the breadth and depth of her knowledge in a clear and concise way. This was an excellent advert for the important work that Maths Hubs do to disseminate research informed practice, allow teachers to share their experiences, and encourage everyone to continue to evolve their teaching through collaboration.

My thanks to Deb for giving up her time in these busy and difficult circumstances, and we hope to continue to build on this in the future.”

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WEBINAR: Teaching Primary maths Remotely – Session 2 – Reasoning and Problem Solving

WEBINAR: Teaching Primary maths Remotely – Session 2 – Reasoning and Problem Solving

Building Reasoning and Problem – Solving into Remote Learning

Guest host Gareth Metcalfe, the highly regarded mathematician, author of the fantastic ‘I See Reasoning’ and ‘I See Problem Solving’ e-books, and creator of the inspirational website ‘I See Maths’.

Newsletter Spring 2021

Newsletter Spring 2021

Welcome to our Spring Newsletter 2021

COLLABORATE • ENGAGE • INSPIRE

 

Hello again!

Welcome to our 2021 Spring Newsletter.

Inside you’ll find links to our Remote Learning
Webinars, opportunities to join our 2021/22
programme and links to a great selection of
useful resources shared by teachers in these
challenging times.

OVERVIEW:

  • Welcome back – a note from Jo
  • Remote Teaching – our Webinars
  • Upcoming Work Groups
  • CPD Opportunities 21/22
    • Resources

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    WEBINAR: Teaching Primary maths Remotely – Session 2 – Reasoning and Problem Solving

    WEBINAR: Teaching Primary maths Remotely – Session 1

    Led by a team of Local Leaders of Maths Education from the Sussex Maths Hub, this webinar was an informal ‘teach meet’ style webinar where our team shared their own experiences of switching to remote learning overnight for lockdown ‘3’.

    The links and presentations used in the Webinar are shared below:

    Newsletter Autumn 2020

    Newsletter Autumn 2020

    Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter 2020

    COLLABORATE • ENGAGE • INSPIRE

    Welcome to the start of another very different looking term!

    There have been a lot of changes in schools for the start of 2020/2021, and Sussex Maths Hub are here to support our teachers and colleagues as much as we can.

    New Year, New Look!

    It’s not just our schools that look different! Over the summer both Maths Hubs and the NCETM have had a makeover!

    OVERVIEW:

    • Welcome back – Introducing our new Mastery Team
    • Covid-19 Recovery – our Teaching for Mastery plan for the year ahead
    • What’s happening in 2020/2021:
      • Projects and Work Groups
      • Research and Innovation
      • Webinars

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    TEACHING FOR MASTERY

    COVID-19 RECOVERY 2020/21

    The Challenge

    The school year 2020/21 will be substantially affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The knock-on effects on school life and teachers’ working lives can’t be predicted with any certainty. Staffing issues may continue into the Autumn term, making it more difficult for schools to find cover and release teachers for training. In addition to this, many students will have been out of school for several months, and teachers will need to adapt to address the gaps in their learning.

    How can maths hub help?

    All Maths Hubs work will be flexible and adaptable to changing realities. Our Work Groups this year focus on how to Teach for Mastery in a recovery climate. We will look at blended learning models to ensure pupils catch up, keep up and make progresswith key resources for curriculum recovery.

    There’s likely to be more live online collaboration, utilising technology such as video conferencing. In addition, Work Group content will be adjusted to address schools’ recovery from coronavirus-related disruption alongside work on the central maths subject matter of each project. First meetings will likely take place around October time, with face-to-face meetings expected to start in January 2021.

    Our Mastery Specialists will work with your school, supporting the individual needs of your school and students.