Maths teachers explain benefits of working alongside Shanghai counterparts

The NCETM has published a series of videos where English secondary school maths teachers describe what they learnt from working alongside teachers from Shanghai during the exchange visit to England in November.

The Shanghai teachers’ visit was part of a long-term research project within the Maths Hubs programme, where secondary schools are exploring ways of implementing, in English school classrooms, elements of the Shanghai approach to teaching maths.

The teachers’ observations feature some commons themes, including: the depth and precision of questioning demonstrated by teachers from Shanghai; the comparatively slower pace of dealing with new concepts; and the careful sequencing of lessons so that the thread of building understanding is strengthened.

The teachers in the videos also give early thoughts on how maths teaching in their schools might be adapted during the rest of this year, as they experiment with introducing some of the above approaches.