On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast I spoke to Jamie Frost.
When I say Tiffin is high-achieving, I really do mean, high-achieving. To put this into context, Jamie would expect around half of his bottom set Year 11s to achieve an A* grade, which just about put them on a par with our top set! But this context lead to a fascinating conversation about how to challenge these high achieving students, which I hope is something all teachers will find interesting and useful.
In a wide ranging interview, we covered the following things:
- How does Jamie use the categories of Structure, Exposition, Assessment and Differentiation to help plan his lessons?
- What teaching gimmicks does Jamie not like?
- Why is thinking through the sequence of lessons so important, and what does the Tiffin maths scheme of work look like?
- How does Jamie make use of past UKMT maths challenge questions within his lessons, together with skill check questions?
- Jamie talks us through a bad lesson he has delivered and what he learned from it
- We discuss if it is easier to teach high achieving students than low achieving students, and whether Jamie would consider working at a more traditional comprehensive
- We uncover a form of differentiation that is necessary when working with high achieving students that is not commonly discussed
- Jamie explains why he feels it is vitally important that students learn to internalise concepts in mathematics, and he illustrates this concept with some really interesting examples
- We look at the process of resource creation
- What are Jamie’s future plans for his site?
- Jamie shares some really valuable tips and advice which are aimed at trainee teachers and NQTs, but which will ring true for so many teachers, including myself
- Why Jamie would advise all maths teachers to try tutoring
Jamie is engaging, and his approaches are carefully considered and thought-provoking. I hope you agree that this is another engaging, worthwhile listen.
Jamie’s website is: http://drfrostmaths.com/
On Twitter he is @DrFrostMaths
Jamie’s Big 3
1. mrbartonmaths (very kind, and I promise no money changed hands for this recommendation. Well, not much money, any way)
3. ukmt and free past maths challenge questions
“Bob the Postman has 5 letters to deliver, one to each of 5 houses. How many ways are there are of Bob delivering the letters so that no one gets the correct letter?”
Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
I am a maths teacher, currently teaching at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, UK. Here are links to some of my work:
Mr Barton Maths Blog
Mr Barton Maths Podcast
Just the Job Podcast