Craig Barton interviews guests from the wonderful world of education about their approaches to teaching, educational research and more. All show notes, resources and videos here: https://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/
Will is a genius. He is a head of maths, blogger, and the creator of Numeracy Ninjas. He also has a keen interested in cognitive science, and memory in particular. We spoke about being a successful Head of Department, prior learning dependency flow and the fascinating subject of memory.
For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/10-will-emeny-great-maths-teaching-ideas-and-numeracy-ninjas/
On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast I spoke to Will Emeny.
In an epic 2 hour interview, we covered loads of things, including:
- How does Will plan lessons? – we dive very deep into this!
- How do Will and his department try to create renewable lessons?
- Can Will describe a lesson that went badly, and what he learned from it?
- How is Will preparing his Year 11 students for their GCSEs, and what are his plan for students embarking upon the new GCSE specification?
- What has Will learned in 3 years of being a Head of Department?
- Then we delve into two fascinating areas:
- Firstly, what did Will discover during his amazing analysis into Prior Learning Dependency Flow, and what are the implications for the teaching of mathematics?
- Secondly why does the concept of Memory fascinate Will so much, why is the distinction between Learning and Performance so important, and again what are the implications for teaching and assessment?
- What was the inspiration behind Numeracy Ninjas, and what are the future plans for the website?
- What does Will wish he had known when he first started teaching?
It’s a longy, but I promise it’s a goody!
Links to things discussed in the show:
I have put together a description of five simple strategies on Diagnostic Questions that we are using with our Year 11 students in preparation for their GCSEs. There include daily questions, full GCSE papers, and a tool for independent revision. These are all dead easy to set up, are having a massive impact on our students, and best of all, they are completely free. Have a read of my blog post to find out more
Links to the research that Will mentions, as well as all the research cited by my previouis guests, can be found here
Forgetting is necessary for learning, desirable difficulties and the need to dissociate learning and performance – blog post
Will Emeny’s Big 3 (or Big 4 in this case!)
My post explaining the important ideas in memory research, desirable difficulties etc
Evidence into practice blog by Nick Rose
Hegarty Maths! www.hegartymaths.com
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