#122 Jo Morgan: Teaching Key Stage 3 maths

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

This time around I spoke to Jo Morgan.

Jo is a legend of the maths teaching community. Her website, resourceaholic, is the go-to site for many teachers to find hand-picked, curated, top-quality resources and her Maths Gems series of posts are a must read for the latest mathematical gold out there. But as we all know, Jo is perhaps best known for her frequent appearances on this very podcast as my co host for several Conference Takeaways episodes as well as a few standalone episodes. Indeed – although she hasn’t actually said this – it is probably her life’s proudest achievement.

When Jo told me she was moving school and would be focussing purely on teaching Key Stage 3 maths, with no GCSE or A Level in the mix, I wanted to get her on the show to talk about it, especially having been blown away by her recent Mathsconf workshop on the very same subject.

So, in a wide ranging, conversation, Jo and I discussed the following things, and plenty more besides:

  • We begin with a catch-up as I ask how Jo has found juggling teaching responsibilities with being on the senior leadership team?
  • And how has Jo and her colleagues adapted to the challenges of teaching amid Covid?
  • How did Jo feel when she found out she would only be teaching Key Stage 3?
  • What mistakes does Jo think schools make with how Key Stage 3 maths is viewed and supported?
  • And then the big one… Jo takes us through some simple strategies to improve Key Stage 3 maths in any school, including advice for HoDs, KS3 coordinators, and every teacher
  • Finally Jo reflects on how she has changed as a teacher over the years.

Jo is a good friend and an excellent podcast guest. I know you will get a lot out of this conversation.

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On Twitter Jo is: @mathsjem
Jo’s blog is: resourceaholic.com


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