Ed Southall – Part 2: Maths Puzzles and Lessons from Japan

July 27, 2017 - Podcast
Ed Southall – Part 2: Maths Puzzles and Lessons from Japan

On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, I spoke to Ed Southall.

Ed is the course leader for the Maths Secondary PGCE at Huddersfield University, a maths tutor, and now a best-selling author, with his debut book Yes, but why? Teaching for understanding in mathematics currently Sage’s highest-selling book of the year. It’s an absolutely brilliant read, no matter how experienced a teacher you are, and surely it’s a matter of time before some Hollywood big-shot acquires the film rights.

Now, long time listeners of the podcast may remember Ed’s first appearance on the show, which was an absolute cracker. So, when I heard that Ed had been to Japan as part of the IMPULS Lesson Study Project to investigate how maths is taught in the Far East, I had to invite him back on, and flipping heck am I glad I did.

We had a fantastic conversation that covered the following things, and more:

Ed is a pleasure to talk to, and whether I chat to him at a maths conference or over Skype for a podcast, I always come away more knowledgeable and with plenty to think about. I feel I understand the differences in approaches between Japan and the UK far more now, and crucially what we may want and not want to use in our own practices.I’ll even forgive him for not agreeing with me at the end.

The usual plea that if you enjoy this podcast, please give it a quick review and rating on iTunes. It really does make a difference to the podcast’s ranking, and thus to my ego. And please help spread the word about this podcast to your colleague. Many of you are using them as CPD on the move, whether it’s in the car on your way to work, doing the washing up, or as Jonathan Hall tweeted recently – providing a soundtrack at a barbeque. Who needs Ed Sheeran?

On Twitter Ed is @solvemymaths
His excellent blog can be found at:
His outstanding book is Yes, but why? Teaching for understanding in mathematics

Ed Southall’s Big 3
1. Geogebra  and associated materials 

Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
Craig Barton

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
Twitter: @mrbartonmaths
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