July 2015

In July 2015 the training for school teachers of Grade 10 on the subject “Mathematics” in the framework of professional development was organized by the Center for Educational Programmes.

The training was conducted by the Cambridge international examinations consultant Nicola Clark.

49 teachers out of 17 Intellectual schools took part in the training.

The main objectives of the training were:

  • to consolidate the understanding of Integrated educational programme on the subject “Mathematics” in Grade 10, implemented in 2015-2016 academic years;
  • to introduce teachers with the content of subject programme and course plan on the subject “Mathematics” in Grade 10, implemented in 2015-2016 academic years;
  • to introduce with principles and strategies of active learning and assessment, applied in the course of study on the subject “Mathematics” and principles underlying the formative assessment in the classroom;
  • to organize the collective work of teachers to share resources and new ideas on effective use of various pedagogical approaches in teaching the subject “Mathematics”.

Training materials were selected in a way that considered results of monitoring of IPD implementation in 2014-2015 academic years. Also, wishes of NIS teachers on the results of trainings conducted over the past years were considered.

At the trainings, teachers shared with experience of teaching the subject in Grade 9 on Integrated educational programme; considered the progress of learning objectives from Grade 9 to 10; became acquainted with the methodology of differentiated learning and methods of subject-specific skills and thinking skills development through the activities presented in the course plan. Trainings ended with sessions on micro-teaching.

Employees of the Centre of Pedagogical measurements conducted sessions on integrated model of criteria-based assessment, which considered success criteria and their use in assessing students in Grade 10.

According to the feedback from teachers, the training was very informative and interesting. Training materials are available on the forum (link http://cep-forum.nis.edu.kz).