Preparing to be a secondary mathematics teacher at Durham means that you will have to question your own way of thinking and doing mathematics before teaching. Some students find that they have never really understood some basic procedures, but simply followed rules. On the course, you will be strongly encouraged to find out the reasons behind rules so that you are in a better position to teach pupils well. This can be quite unsettling, but with peer and tutor support it can be a positive learning experience.
You are encouraged to show where mathematical concepts are applied in everyday life, but also to recognise that mathematics is a fascinating and creative subject in its own right, and can be studied with no immediate application. The common thread is that pupils need to engage with purposeful activities in a supportive environment.
Our popular Mathematics course aims to:
- Empower you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become an effective and innovative teacher of Mathematics
- Extend your awareness of the range and scope of Mathematics as a subject in schools today
- Provide opportunities for you to experience and explore a variety of approaches for teaching.
Some of the teaching for Maths Education will take place in a school setting.
Throughout the course you will have many opportunities to observe, research and share different teaching approaches. We will ask you to reflect on your experiences at school, and evaluate your own teaching regularly. While this may not be an easy process, the teachers and tutors supporting you will be sensitive to your needs and give constructive praise and criticism.
The course is organised as three modules:
- Professional Issues in school based education
- Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
- Self-directed Study
These modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher Standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.