Beyond Good

Matt Findlay and Femi Adeniran

A podcast about teaching. We discuss teaching and learning, pedagogy, lessons and classroom practise, management and leadership, teaching of mathematics, training and trainees, mentors and mentoring, behaviour management, being a head of department and running a faculty, SLT and much much more! read less
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Episodes

Dave Taylor - Maths Curriculum
Jan 14 2024
Dave Taylor - Maths Curriculum
Femi and Matt speak to Dave Taylor on the topic of the maths curriculum.  Dave is a maths specialist and lead practioner, well known in maths circles for his ‘increasingly difficult questions’ and ‘backward faded maths’.  Dave has thought long and hard about curriculum issues such as sequencing and mastery, and has experience of creating maths curricula, so the trio go deep on the considerations, nuances and complexities of developing and implementing an effective maths curriculum.Topics covered include:-The value of having schemes of work-The fact that students don’t come into Y7 all at the same starting point, and the implications of this-Streaming and Pathways-Mastering material that is prerequisite to moving on-Setting, setting philosophy and setting conversations-Resources, and issues with centrally prepared lessons-Space and flexibility in the scheme work to do retrieval work, fill gaps, or push ahead-Designing a scheme of work that maximises students’ opportunity to succeed by accounting for their starting points-Importance of testing students on what they have been taught and the stupidity and cruelty of giving students summative assessments that contain topics that they have not yet covered.-The domain-specificity of teacher expertise, why it is hard to develop and some possibilities for doing that better-And Increasingly difficult questions, amongst other topicsYou can follow Dave on X @taylorda01, and listen to his own podcast here:https://taylorda01.weebly.com/podcast.html
Maths Teachers and Whole School Literacy
Nov 12 2023
Maths Teachers and Whole School Literacy
Today’s episode is prompted by a recent post on X which posed the following question:  “What do you do with your mathematics teachers while you do your whole school professional learning on literacy, reading or writing?”Femi and Matt discuss the two main failure modes for students on ‘worded’ maths questions – noting that the more common and critical failure mode is one that won’t be addressed in a whole-school context.  They talk about the rarely considered element of ‘opportunity cost’, optimum ways of developing student ability on worded maths questions, what the maths department could actually be doing on literacy PD, the role of subject leaders in setting the tone to make this PD a success, and the implications for taking ‘literacy is everyone’s responsibility’ forward seriously.Also discussed are the EEF guide to improving literacy in secondary schools, how we have to view the use of training time through the lens of impact, alternative and possibly more effective approaches to professional learning, the importance of identifying needs within a department and prioritising training to address those needs, and leaders having the strength and courage to take a differentiated and subject-specific approach to professional development.Finally the conversation moves on to the importance of airing conflict, different ways of handling conflict, learning from our mistakes, getting feedback on how well our approaches have worked, the importance carefully of defining success criteria and afterwards evaluating the impact of training.Please do join in and further the conversation - @beyondgoodpod on X