WhatA course on Planning for Mathematical Connection
WhenLate February – July 2024 Dates below.
To bookfmspwales@swansea.ac.uk

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 This will be a hybrid course, referencing the CfW and A-level, on designing (or modifying) Programmes of Study with an explicit focus on mathematical connection, helping these connections to be referenced more easily, including those which may span multiple areas.

This approach can help students (and teachers!) to develop their sense of how mathematical actions, processes and objects are connected. Such understanding leads to students developing a deeper mental image of mathematical connectivity, embedding knowledge and understanding more firmly and increasing confidence in problem solving.

There will be online sessions at the start and end of the course. Between these there will be flexible, online study, using a variety of learning constructs such as tutor-led lecture videos and work pack resources to build up your skills and cement your understanding. You will be enrolled to a monitored Microsoft Teams channel where full instructions will guide you through the course at your own pace. There is opportunity in the Teams channel to collaborate with others doing the course and a forum for discussion.

To encourage active participation in the course, a programme of certification has been introduced: certificates will be issued to participants who complete the course and demonstrate their understanding of the concepts and their application. This will be explained in the Teams channel. 

Feedback from last year’s course:

Thank you for the course, I really enjoyed it all.
• The course has enabled me to tie together and formalise a number of aspects of further maths which prior to this I was teaching as unconnected topics.
• The course develops the idea that there are numerous connections within Mathematics and that making these connections explicit will deepen understanding and help with learning.
• I am sharing all the ideas, concepts and knowledge in future departmental meetings.
• I liked the informality of the way the course was run, in that it allowed thoughts and discussion to take place.
• I would recommend the course to colleagues.
• I am much more aware of making explicit connections in order to anchor the new learning. 

Online sessions: Wednesday 28th February
Session 1            15:30-17:00
Session 1 alt. 18:30-20:00
On-demand study
Materials and tasks will be provided

Online sessions: Wednesday 10th July
Session 2           15:30-17:00
Session 2 alt. 18:30-20:00