This section contains some initial information and resources to support you in engaging with the learning outcomes of the Specification for Junior Cycle Mathematics.
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Welcome to this self-directed CPD on Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LPs) and Inclusive Education for Junior Cycle Mathematics.
This resource has four sections. The first section provides an opportunity for you to consider some inclusive practices you have used to make the curriculum more accessible to students with special educational needs and to learn about the structure and features of L2LPs.
Section two looks at some of the commonly asked questions that arise in relation to L2LPs through an interactive quiz.
Section three provides an opportunity to examine a unit of learning designed for an inclusive approach, meeting the needs of students accessing the curriculum at Level 2 and those at Level 3, and to examine a statistics task aligned to the key learning, ongoing assessment and evidence of learning outlined in the unit.
In section four the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are introduced and further resources on UDL are detailed.
The approximate time for completing all four sections in this self-directed CPD is 45 minutes.
No personal data or answers are being recorded or collected by Junior Cycle for Teachers.
Before you begin please open or download the booklet which accompanies this self-directed CPD.
The resources found here are the resources featured in Section 3 of the self-directed CPD L2LPs and Inclusive Education in Junior Cycle Mathematics.
These resources offer an opportunity to examine a unit of learning which incorporates learning outcomes for both Level 2 and Level 3 programmes and to examine a statistics task aligned to the key learning, ongoing assessment and evidence of learning outlined in the unit.
The task feartured here has been adapted with the kind perission of the JCT L1LPs/L2LPs Team.
The resources found here are the resources featured in Section 4 of the self-directed CPD L2LPs and Inclusive Education in Junior Cycle Mathematics.
The L2LPs PLU Assessment is a downloadable spreadheet. Further resources for L2LPs can be found here.
This self-guided interactive CPD is entitled Planning for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. It will give you the opportunity to consider how your school's plan can enable students to experience mathematics as a connected body of ideas.
It can be used individually or as a subject department. The approaches, ideas and concepts presented are not intended to be definitive, and teachers could well form a different set of ideas or try alternative approaches. They may be useful to think about when considering your school's approach to planning.
The anticipated time to complete the core part of this interactive CPD is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
This resource is a downloadable Word document which you will need to engage with this self-guided CPD Planning for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Use the 'Click to view or download' button to access your own copy of this resource.
The core parts of this document are:
The video found here is from Youcubed at Stanford. Their main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms.
This video is featured as part of the Concepts and Connections portion of the interactive booklet of this self-guided CPD.
The template found here can be used to map out an overview of first-year maths in your school.
There are prompt questions included which can be used to support how you think about and/or discuss your plans as they develop. These prompt questions may also support you with the ongoing review of your plans.
The resource found here may be useful when creating or reviewing Units of Learning.
There are prompt questions included which can be used to support how think about and/or discuss your units of learning as they develop. These prompt questions may also support you with the ongoing review of your units of learning.
CODAP is free open-source educational software for data analysis. It can be used by teachers and students in the classroom and at home.
CODAP can be used with data that students have gathered themselves or with data from online sources such as CSO and CensusAtSchool. CODAP also has pre-loaded data sets that you might like to explore.
You can access the CODAP software and data sets here.
The videos found in this section are to offer some guidance and support for teachers who may wish to use the CODAP software in the Junior Cycle Mathematics classroom.
Formative assessment occurs during learning and offers the teacher and student information about how learning is progressing. It involves using assessment approaches by the teacher to better understand student learning and inform pedagogy during a lesson, and/or between lessons.
This poster details some digital tools and apps which might be useful for formative assessment.
Digital manipulatives are useful learning and teaching tools that allow students to visualise and explore mathematical relationships, properties and facts across all strands of the mathematics specification. They can be used to support, challenge and extend student learning, through the use of open-ended tasks and investigations.
This poster details some digital manipulatives which may be useful in a mathematics classroom.
The resources found here will demonstrate some practical ideas and uses for Microsoft Forms in the maths classroom. Forms can be a useful tool, providing instant feedback on student learning. In this section we have highlighted auto correction, formative assessment, feedback and branching.
Similar features and functionality are available when using Google Forms.
The video found here will demonstrate how to use keyboard shortcuts to input equations in Microsoft Office applications.
For the purpose of this demonstration we have used Microsoft Word, however these keyboard shortcuts will work in other applications.
This resource is a downloadabe OneNote Notebook from our Symposium held in 2019.
The purpose of this OneNote Notebook is to demonstrate some practical ideas and uses for OneNote in the Maths Classroom.
For more supports in using OneNote please visit the Microsoft Educator Centre here.
The video found here will demonstrate how to link a google form and a google sheet in order to collect and analyse data.
To see how google forms and google sheets could be used for carrying out a semi-structured statistical investigation, review the presentation slides and page 17 of the booklet from the Mathematics CPD Workshops 2019/2020 available here.
This resource is a downloadable presentation which is compatible with both Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides.
To get full use of this resource you will need to download the presentation. Use the 'Click to download' button to do so.
The purpose of the presentation is to demonstrate how to measure angles using a protractor in a presentation.
There are a number of other geometry tools included at the end of the presentation which could be adapted for use in the classroom.
This resource is a step by step guide which demonstrates how to add a protractor, or any other geometry tool, to a PowerPoint presentation.
To see how this could be used, refer to the presentation titled 'How to Measure Angles using a Protractor in a Presentation' which is also available in this section of the website.
Immersive Reader is a free tool that implements techniques to improve reading and writing regardless of age or ability.
Immersive Reader can improve reading comprehension, increase fluency, help build confidence for emerging readers and offer text decoding solutions.
This resource is a step by step guide which demonstrates how to turn any Android device into a mobile visualiser for use in the maths classroom.
A mobile visualiser can be used to promote class discussion by sharing/projecting student work.
You will need an Android device, a Windows 10 PC and access to a wifi network to use this guide.
The resources found here will demonstrate some interactive applications which can be useful for providing students with formative feedback and formative assessment.
These resources have been adapted with the kind permission of the JCT MFL team.
Adobe Spark is an application which can be used to create social graphics and short videos. It could be useful as a way for students to communicate and demonstrate their learning in the maths classroom. This resource will demonstrate some of the functionality of Adobe Spark.
This resource has been adapted with the kind permission of the JCT MFL team.
This video demonstrates how to upload a video to YouTube.
Hosted here with the kind permission of the JCT MFL team.
Online tutorials and courses for digital learning are widely available. We are highlighting two particularly useful sources for these tutorials and courses here.
1. The Microsoft Educator Center is one of the world's largest educator social networks.
2. The Google for Education Teacher Center is a site for professional development, built by educators for educators.
The documents in this section give an overview of what to expect, as a teacher, from these online digital learning supports.
In this webinar Dr Paddy Johnson (University of Limerick) discusses selection criteria for mathematical tasks and activities which develop students' ability to problem-solve.
The focus of this webinar is an interactive discussion around creativity in mathematics, mathematics classrooms and in teaching. There were three discussion points for the webinar:
1. What could creativity look like in the classroom?
2. Sharing and discussing perspectives on Creativity.
3. Fostering creativity in the classroom.
We are grateful to all of the teachers that contributed to the discussion on the night with their own thought-provoking comments, questions and discussion points which were submitted via text and to all of the contributors that were willing to add to the discussion live on air.
The resources in this section were developed for our webinar 'Planning for Teaching, Learning and Assessment: One School's Approach.
We would recommend that you view the webinar, available on this page, to see how the resources were developed and their potential for adaptation for your own school context.
Our thanks to the staff of ETSS Wicklow for their contributions to these supports for teachers.
This purpose of this webinar is to offer some support for mathematics teachers preparing for Classroom-Based Assessment 1: Mathematical Investigation and the Subject Learning and Assessment Review Meeting.
The webinar is delivered in four parts:
1. Setting the context for CBA 1
2. Supporting student learning before CBA 1
3. Supporting student learning during CBA 1
4. Preparing for, and participating in a SLAR meeting
Support documents that were mentioned in the webinar are available on our website under Key Documents, Assessment and Resources.
The format of this webinar was a live panel discussion which was focused on supporting deeper learning in the maths classroom. The discussion was prompted by research on the ideas of surface learning and deep learning in mathematics education, as well as questions and comments submitted by listeners live on the night.
We were delighted to be joined by Aidan Fitzsimons, PhD candidate in Mathematics Education in DCU, Audrey Byrne, Mathematics Teacher from Lucan Community College, Dublin and Peter Fitton, Mathematics Teacher from Bishopstown Community School, Cork.
The main talking points were:
• Surface Learning and Deep Learning
• How do you create opportunity for deep learning?
• Deep Learning and the Junior Cycle Mathematics Specification
The purpose of this webinar is to offer teachers some support for teachers in planning using the Junior Cycle Mathematics Specification.
The webinar focused on two areas of support:
1. Making connections within and between strands
2. Creating units of learning and considering possible approaches to capturing our planning
Support documents that were mentioned in the webinar are available on our website under Key Documents, Planning, Assessment and Resources.
This webinar is an introduction to the Junior Cycle Mathematics Specification.
The talking points for the webinar were as follows:
1. What is the structure of the Specification?
2. Working with and unpacking learning outcomes
3. Beginning to plan for learning and teaching using our specification
4. Assessment to support student learning
Support documents that were mentioned in the webinar are available on our website under Key Documents, Wellbeing and Resources.
Algebra Through the Lens of Functions has been developed by the Maths Development Team and is hosted here with their kind permission.
Tangents is a JCT Mathematics Team podcast series available on the Junior Cycle Talks podcast channel.
In this first series we spoke with a number of different people working in Maths Education to find out about creativity in the context of a maths classroom.
To hear more podcasts from the Junior Cycle Talks channel click here or search for us on SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts or anywhere you listen to your podcasts.
TheTask Resource Booklet, available to print or download here, contains a selection of mathematical tasks and activities which have been engaged with by teachers for the purposes of professional development.
The tasks are suitable for use with students of junior cycle mathematics.
Teachers should use their professional judgement when considering the suitability of a mathematical task or activity and should adapt the task if necessary, to meet the needs and/or context of their students. Tasks have been designed to be accessible, challenging and extendable, and adaptations should seek to maintain these design principles.
A number of the tasks and activities from the booklet are also available as indiviual documents for your convenience in this section.
Casio have a released a new version of their popular student calculator. This new version has an updated setup menu and new and redesigned features. These videos are intended to support teachers in using this calculator in the classroom. The setup menu is explained and the commonly used features: table and statistics are described through sample questions. The new ratio feature is presented along with questions where this feature could be used by students. A short overview of using the memory is also provided. The Casio fx-83GTX is on the State Examinations Commission’s list of approved calculators.