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Subject Knowledge

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by billcarson, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. billcarson

    billcarson New commenter

    Hi everyone,

    I've recently moved from teaching PE across to teaching Maths. I did an SKE Maths course a few years ago which was really helpful and interesting & currently doing the TSST course up to GCSE Maths.

    My Maths knowledge is coming along but I am wanting to improve my knowledge up to level 7 - 9 GCSE topics. I've got a few text books and use mymaths for my course - which is ok but sometimes find it a bit unclear. Does anyone have any teacher guides or textbooks that they have found to be beneficial, particular websites to help me or if they know of any online courses that will help.

    I am thinking of trying to move onto A level stuff in the next year or so - not to teach but for my knowledge, understanding and confidence as well.

    Any help much appreciated.

    Cheers,

    James
     
  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    The only thing which helps with Maths is more Maths. Review and practise the KS2 Maths underlying the KS3&4 material which is giving you problems. If you need a framework upon which to organise this study then endeavour to the Programmes of Study.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    corbett maths videos could help, resourceaholic is a good website as well with lots of the new Higher spec stuff included
     
  4. teselectronic

    teselectronic Occasional commenter

     
  5. gainly

    gainly Senior commenter

  6. billcarson

    billcarson New commenter

    Thank you for the suggestions will check them out.
     
  7. XTrapnel

    XTrapnel New commenter

    'Exam solutions' is an excellent site. It has thousands of excellent video tutorials from GCSE to A level and Further Maths.

    I returned to sort out my A level maths skills after many many years- I found the site very, very good.

    https://www.examsolutions.net/
     
  8. billcarson

    billcarson New commenter

    Hi ya,

    thank you for the suggestions, the sites are really helpful & loda there.

    Cheers

    James
     
  9. clarence09

    clarence09 New commenter

    Hi James,
    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you.
    I have found myself in a very similar situation to yours and will be moving in to maths from September. I am looking forward to the challenge however want to feel confident going in to it with my subject knowledge. Can you recommend where to even start to touch up your maths skills please?!
    Thanks for any help or recommendations you may be able to give.
    Best wishes,
    Clare
     
  10. billcarson

    billcarson New commenter

    Hi Clare,

    I was quite lucky as a previous school put me through the Maths SKE (subject knowledge enhancement) at Chichester Uni, I learnt a lot from that which was great. There are online SKE courses but not sure what the entry requirements are, some through uni's are quite expensive.

    This year I've been doing a TSST (teacher subject specialism training) which is run around the country and is free. Through this I've been to loads of after school training, exam papers, online mymaths homework tasks and had 2 observations from Maths specialists.
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teacher-subject-specialism-training-courses
    If you have a look on there for your area contact the people and hopefully they'll be running it again in September.

    I've gone back through maths foundation and higher papers to find areas that I'm weak at and tried to improve my knowledge.

    The websites that people have put in the replies above are great - examples, questions, worked answers, videos.

    https://www.examsolutions.net/
    https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html
    https://corbettmaths.com/
    https://www.resourceaholic.com/

    From a teaching point of view I've signed up for
    https://mr-mathematics.com/
    its £40 for a year and has powerpoints, notebook and worksheets for loads of topics which I use. Some topics are a bit light but overall I really like it. I also use loads of resources from the TES which are fantastic. I'm on twitter and people on there post loads of stuff and is a lot better than I'd be able to put together. One person Owen 134866 has put up a massive 4gb of maths work, their website is
    https://www.mathsfreeresourcelibrary.com/

    I also use youtube a lot for things I get stuck on as so many people have uploaded lessons, topics and exam walk throughs on there which has been really helpful.

    Hope this is some help, good luck & hope new role goes well for you.

    Cheers

    James
     
  11. afterdark

    afterdark Senior commenter

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