The Cambridge Branch is currently virtual, conducting all this year’s meetings via Zoom. Our year’s programme starts in the autumn, with one meeting in each term, taking place from 4.30 to 6pm. After a short introduction, we hear from phase specialists about the latest activity/policy/assessment/initiative that is affecting them, and publicise other events that members could find of interest. We usually have about 40-50 attendees and anyone wishing to join us this year can do so for free, by contacting Lynne McClure email@example.com to obtain the Zoom information in exchange for their contact details.
8 June 2021
In this workshop, we will try some mathematical problems and think about the role that fluency with particular procedures might play in solving them. Is knowing a relevant procedure, and being able to perform it fluently, the key to solving mathematical problems? Or does it just ruin the problem for us by reducing it to something routine? If procedural fluency is important, then what else is also important? And how might we prepare students to be powerful problem solvers, without simply spoiling the problem by showing them how to do it?
Colin Foster is a Reader in Mathematics Education in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University. His research interests focus on the learning and teaching of mathematics in ways that support students’ conceptual understanding. He is particularly interested in the design and use of rich tasks in the mathematics classroom, and in finding ways to enable students to develop the necessary fluency in mathematical processes to support them in solving mathematical problems.
Date: Tuesday 8th June
Contact Lynne McClure (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Zoom details