The NRICH Team organised a series of three Teacher Inspiration
in Cambridge during the academic year 2010 - 2011. The aim
was to support mathematics teachers who are committed to
nurturing confident, resourceful and enthusiastic learners.
On the final day of workshops, delegates met to consider how
different schools were setting about the task of ensuring that
problem solving became an integral part of their curriculum.
Teachers from Comberton
set the scene with a short
detailing how they use meeting time to share
Their workshop offered delegates an opportunity to work on a
favourite NRICH problem: Consecutive
NRICH problems contain Teachers' Notes which address the following
- Why do this problem?
- Possible approach
- Key questions
- Possible extension
- Possible support
Teachers at Comberton Village College have used these headings
to produce these
which they use when they are considering the merits
of including new problems in their Schemes of Work.
They also use these
with questions prompting them to consider how to use
particular NRICH problems in their classrooms.
Finally they shared
these useful ways
of promoting the use of NRICH resources in
Teachers from Swavesey Village
also shared their experience of using NRICH problems
with their students.
They started by getting us to work on Making Rectangles
one of a series of problems designed to develop learners' team
working skills. This article links to the collection of
"Team Building" problems.
One teacher dicussed how she had worked on Cuboid Challenge
with her Year 8 class.
are the student sheets and
is her lesson plan. Here is her
from the lesson (if you do not have the ActivInspire
software to view it, you can download the personal edition for free
Finally, we looked at how the other teacher had approached a
lesson on Digital Roots with her Year 7 class.
are the student sheets and
is her lesson plan.
Here is a
with the rectangles activity, some information on how
Swavesey promote groupwork, and the digital roots activity.
Teachers from the Parkside
discussed what it means to be good at maths and
the ethos for learning that informs their work. They then
presented a group activity which we tackled together while
performing different roles (Organiser, Resource Manager, Inclusion,
their presentation and here is the 'Views' activity that followed,
as a Powerpoint
and as a
At the end of the day Steve Hewson
presented his key ingredients for "How to grow
exceptional mathematicians". Here is his presentation
Sarah Hannaford from the Cambridge
talked about the work that university does
with schools, supporting applicants and their teachers. Here is her
The key useful links that she mentioned are to the Undergraduate
area of the University website and the information
Links to Cambridge colleges with responsibility for each
region/London borough are on this
The Teacher Inspiration Days have been a great success and we
are very grateful to the teachers from Comberton, Swavesey and
Parkside for rounding off the series in such a thought provoking
and inspiring way.