The Art of Teaching Proof in A level Mathematics

The Art of Teaching Proof in A level Mathematics

Course provided by Pearson

Summary overview

  • Online scheduled

  • 1 hour 30 mins study time

  • Teacher training and education

  • Free

  • 14th September 16:00 - 17:30 BST

  • Secondary

About this course

14 September 2021 at 16:00 - 17:30 BSTThis session provides an opportunity to consider how the new 'overarching theme' of proof can be delivered together with aspects of the curriculum content from pure mathematics.Examiners' reports on the new AS and A level Mathematics from June 2019 and October 2020, from all specifications, agree that the most significant challenge was the new assessment objectives, which led to changes in the demands placed upon students. ResultsPlus data outlined that the ‘Proof’ questions were poorly attempted for both the above examination series, despite some revisions to the style of questions in the latter examinations.Aims:- To consider how the overarching theme of proof can be addressed within the Specification content, including the compulsory ‘Proofs by Contradiction’ for A level.- To look in detail at some recent exam questions and try to see why they were demanding for many students.- To look at some exemplar questions and have an opportunity to try them.Presenter Pietro Tozzi, has been teaching/training for 36 years and has Head of Department experience. Pietro has contributed towards the Edexcel/Pearson Training Programme and assisted in the writing of A level Schemes of Work (Pure & Mechanics content) for the 2017 Specifications. He also supports and presents at some of the Pearson Collaborative Hubs up and down the country.Please note: a recording of the event will be available to attendees only.This event can count as 1.5 hours of CPD.

Learning outcomes

  1. To consider how the overarching theme of proof can be addressed within the Specification content, including the compulsory ‘Proofs by Contradiction’ for A level
  2. To look in detail at some recent exam questions and try to see why they were demanding for many students
  3. To look at some exemplar questions and have an opportunity to try them