#112 Teaching from Home: Ollie Lovell and Bryn Humberstone – Checking for understanding, Desmos and lessons learned

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The Teaching from Home podcast series is kindly supported by Tes resources. Tes resources have created a home learning collection full of hand-picked free resources for teachers to use with children who are learning at home or to share with parents. You can also find this collection through the Tes coronavirus support hub at tes.com/coronavirus


Hello and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This is another episode in my Teaching from Home podcast series – a series dedicated to supporting teachers who are working from home amidst the Covid-19 outbreak of 2020.

My aim is that you will hear from a wide variety of teachers, sharing a wide variety of experiences. There will be technology focussed episodes – just how does remote teaching work? But also episodes focussed on the practicalities of coping with setting students appropriate work whilst also having to look after your own children at home. Then there are issues of safeguarding, differentiation, mindset and more that I hope will come up as we progress. There will be maths teachers, teachers of other subjects, and primary school teachers. There will be teachers from the UK and overseas. Hopefully something for everyone. I have no idea how long this series will go on for – but so long as people keep listening and hopefully finding it useful, I shall continue!

This time I was joined by not one, but two guests from the land down under. First we have friend of the podcast, maths teacher and podcast host himself, Ollie Lovell. And Ollie and I are joined by maths teacher and Desmos guru, Bryn Humberstone. This proved to be a fascinating conversation. Ollie and Brun’s schools are very different in terms of children’s access to technology, so we were able to delve into how they are both trying to make it work. I also learned just how far Desmos has come as a tool perfectly suited to remote teaching – and not just for Maths. Indeed, Bryn makes a compelling case that Desmos is all you need to check your students’ understanding, and he has shared lots of links in the show notes, including his Desmos whiteboard, which is essentially an online whiteboard where teachers and students can submit answers and thoughts freehand. I also take the opportunity to ask Ollie what he learned from his wonderful series of podcasts interviewing teachers and experts about remote learning.

On Twitter, Ollie is @ollie_lovell
On Twitter Bryn is @brynhumberstone

Ollie’s blog is: ollielovell.com

Ollie’s podcast episodes about the challenges of remote teaching are here: ollielovell.com/errr/onlinelearning

Links from Bryn:

Mini Whiteboard: https://teacher.desmos.com/activitybuilder/custom/5e911520f51e7f7041093398

Year 10 Unit Circle: https://teacher.desmos.com/activitybuilder/custom/5b5272d7c5b3092b29f53d82

Year 11 Retrieval Practice example: https://teacher.desmos.com/activitybuilder/custom/5dd4fed76419553756ae48e4

Year 12 Sampling https://teacher.desmos.com/activitybuilder/custom/57d13639ceb2f4af163a2cd5


My usual plugs:


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

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