Engaging Students with Rich Activities
MathsMakers combines small group help with larger group teaching and activities. The teaching and learning is kinaesthetic, and ensures various learning styles are addressed and stimulated.
The teaching is inquisitive and dialectic. Students are encouraged to:
ask questions and participate in discussions
articulate their difficulties
persevere through challenges
imagine and try out
master multiple problem-solving strategies
help each other in peer-to-peer learning
reflect and self-evaluate on what they learn
MathsMakers endeavours to create an environment of respect and trust where all students can feel safe and at ease to express themselves in the knowledge that they will be heard.
Attending to Individual Needs
Our approach is personalised and paced according to individual needs. Each student is stimulated and challenged according to his/her abilities.
At the start of a programme, each student has 1-on-1 time with a MathsMakers supervisor. An Individual Learning Plan (ILP), with targets that address the student’s particular learning gaps, is agreed. This ILP becomes a working document against which the student, the mentor and the instructor can assess learning throughout the programme.
Each Session Led by an Instructor
A MathsMakers programme typically consists of 10 to 20 weekly after-school sessions. Each session is designed for a group of 10 students. Students work individually or in pairs. They are supported by a mentor and guided by a MathsMakers instructor.
Clear Structure and Varied Tasks
All MathsMakers sessions follow a clear structure. Each session consists of a number of distinct parts. Time is dedicated to working on core arithmetic skills and to developing mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills.
Students work at their own pace on topics identified in their individual learning plans. Students are also encouraged to request topics that they would like help on from mentors and instructors.
We also include Brain Gym activities, such as maths puzzles or Maths Magic. These help students stretch their thinking and see a fun side to maths.
All students are supported to reflect on their own progress. At the end of each session, students assess learning against targets in their individual learning plans, and decide next steps.