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US to UK maths transition

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by racheledgell, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. racheledgell

    racheledgell New commenter


    I'm an American maths teacher relocating to teach in England. In the US, we teach a different field each year (e.g. Algebra then Geometry then Calculus, etc.). I've been looking at the national curriculum and GCSE content and it's all quite similar to what we teach in the US but I have no idea where to begin in terms of how to lesson plan. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I could look for good inspiration? I'm sure once I see some examples, I will be able to sort something out... Thank you in advance for any help you can offer!
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  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi racheledgell

    Try and have a look at some of the resources on this site if you haven't done so already. You might find a scheme of work or some sample lesson plans, but in any event there will be something of use. Many of the resources are free.

    You could also look on Amazon.co.uk and see what books are available for Secondary Maths Teachers. These may give examples of the structure of a maths lesson in the UK.

    I don't teach maths, but wanted to let you know the resources section on this site is very useful.

    Someone who does teach maths may be along shortly to give some more specific advice.
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  3. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    you say relocating...as in looking for a job or actually got one? If the latter, then obviously your new school will be the best place to ask for advice as they will have a scheme of work in place.
    If not...
    Presuming you are secondary, then the 3 main exam boards will be a good place to start to show you what GCSE syllabi are like.

    KS3 covers ages 11-14, although the old system of levels has now gone, and schools are free to describe attainment grades in their own ways. This can be a bit confusing as it can be hard to see what would be taught and when.
    Kangaroo maths has free SoW and resources, although its way of describing "stages" can be a little confusing
    Here is another collection of SoW https://sites.google.com/site/maths2014sow/home

    The new "in vogue" word is mastery and these people have a free trial of their SoW https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/classroom-resources-secondary-maths-scheme-of-work-KS3-KS4
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  4. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    If you already have a job to go to, then, as pointed out above, there will be an SoW which the school should give you. If not, I presume you will be looking for a job, in which case demonstrating understanding of the syllabus will be vital. Again, how to get this has already been said. I doubt if there is a single way to plan lessons, as different schools will have different ideas. If in doubt, ask. If you have to teach as part of an interview process, you will probably be expected to demonstrate progress as part of it. How you do this already seems to be a good place to start. Good luck!
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  5. racheledgell

    racheledgell New commenter

  6. racheledgell

    racheledgell New commenter

    Hi all! Thank you so much for your responses. They've been really helpful! I'm excited to get started teaching maths!
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  7. cach9801

    cach9801 New commenter

    Welcome! I came to teach here from America... I planned on staying 2-3 years. That was 2004 and I’m still here! PM me if you want to chat about transition!

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