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Mr Barton Maths Podcast

Craig Barton interviews guests from the wonderful world of education about their approaches to teaching, educational research and more.

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Doug Lemov: Teach like a Champion and Top Tips for delivering training

Doug Lemov is a legend. As the author of Teach Like a Champion, he has had a major impact on my teaching and thinking over the last two years. I this interview we discuss several key strategies from the book, looking at the practical ways we can implement them in the maths classroom. We then turn our attention to teacher training, and Doug shares some wonderful advice for anyone delivering a training session to their colleagues. This is a cracker. For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/doug-lemov-teach-like-a-champion-and-top-tips-for-delivering-training/ 

1hr 22mins

13 Nov 2017

Rank #1

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Slice of Advice: What did you learn this year?

In an experimental episode, I asked 50+ of my favourite people one question: "what did you learn this year?". You will hear from the likes of Dylan William, Andrew Smith, Katharine Birbalsingh, Claire Sealy, Andrew Percival, Dan Meyer, and many others talking all things from feedback, work-life balance, signalling, metacognition, working abroad, and everything in between. A must listen for teachers of all subjects and age groups. For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/slice-of-advice-what-did-you-learn-this-year/ 

3hr 43mins

17 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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Greg Ashman: The Truth about Teaching

Following his game-changing appearance on the podcast in early 2017, Greg Ashman returns to talk about his wonderful book, The Truth about Teaching. And this is one sequel that does not disappoint. We cover everything from effect sizes to growth mindset, calling in at game-based learning, slow-motion problem solving and whole class feedback along the way. This is definitely one to share with your non-maths teaching colleagues. For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/greg-ashman-the-truth-about-teaching/ 

2hr 24mins

7 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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Dylan Wiliam – Author, Researcher, Trainer and Assessment for Learning Expert

Dylan Wiliam is my hero. I know this is a big claim, but I think this interview is an absolute must-listen for teachers of all subjects, possibly all humans full-stop. We spoke about feedback, planning, questioning, research, lesson observations, what Dylan wishes he had known when he started teaching, and so much more. I genuinely have listened back to this interview more than 5 times, and I pick up something new on each listen. Thank you Dylan! For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/dylan-wiliam-author-researcher-trainer-and-assessment-for-learning-expert/ 

1hr 35mins

3 Nov 2016

Rank #4

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The Science of Learning: 77 Studies That Every Teacher Needs to Know

Bradley Busch and Edward Watson have worked in the fields of education, sport and business, looking at research-informed strategies that help get the very best out of people. Their book - The Science of Learning - is one of the most accessible, easily-actionable education books I have read. In this conversation we discuss everything from research into memory, mobile phones and motivation. For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/the-science-of-learning-77-studies-that-every-teacher-needs-to-know/ 

2hr 8mins

1 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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Chris Smith: Injecting fun into lessons, Resources, Pi Day, Revision Days

Chris Smith is a maths teacher, Pi Day lover, TED Talker, popular newsletter writer, and the 2018 Scottish teacher of the Year. In this conversation we cover everything from lesson planning, time-management, running successful revision days, and the role of fun in maths lessons. Enjoy! For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/chris-smith-injecting-fun-into-lessons-resources-pi-day-revision-days/  

2hr 42mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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Peter Mattock: Visible Maths, planning lessons and running a department

Pete is Director of Maths & Numeracy in a secondary school in the Midlands. He is a Secondary Mastery Lead for the EMS Maths Hub, and Maths SLE & PD Lead. He is also the author of Visible Maths - a book that looks at using visual representations to help students sense-make. In this conversation we take a deep-dive into all things visual, as well as discussing planning sequences of lessons and running a maths department. For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/peter-mattock-visible-maths-planning-lessons-and-running-a-department/ 

3hr 15mins

6 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Kris Boulton – Part 1: Planning Lessons, Engelmann and Differentiation

Kris is, quite possibly, the cleverest person I know. Will Emney describes him as "cerebral". Kris is a former maths teacher who was second in department at King Solomon Academy, where he worked alongside fellow podcast guest Bruno Reddy, achieving incredible GCSE results in challenging circumstances. Kris now works for TeachFirst, where he is Associate Director of Participant Development. We spoke in depth about how Kris plan his lessons, focusing on sequences not individual lessons, the influence of Siegfried Englemann, successful interleaving and the role of differentiation. For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/kris-boulton-part-1-planning-lessons-engelmann-and-differentiation/ 

2hr 18mins

17 Jul 2017

Rank #8

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Michael Pershan: Example-Problem Pairs, problem solving and moving schools

Michael is a maths teacher and blogger from the US. I have been a fan of Michael's writing for a long time, and it was fascinating to get the opportunity to talk in depth about areas of pedagogy that are close to our hearts. We talked about the difficulty of moving schools, our views on problem solving and then the big one... Example-Problem Pairs (spoiler alert: we don't agree upon the best way to use them!) For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/michael-pershan-example-problem-pairs-problem-solving-and-moving-schools/ 

2hr 43mins

25 May 2019

Rank #9

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Emma McCrea: Making every maths lesson count, training teachers and the Learning Curriculum

Emma is a former maths teacher who now trains teachers in ITE and FE. She is a self-confessed Maths geek and the author of the superb of 'Making every maths lesson count'. On this episode Emma shares three fantastic ideas from her book, we discuss the challenges novice teachers face, and what the Learning Curriculum is all about. For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/emma-mccrea-making-every-maths-lesson-count-training-teachers-and-the-learning-curriculum/ 

3hr 15mins

15 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Robert and Elizabeth Bjork – Memory, Forgetting, Testing, Desirable Difficulties

Robert and Elizabeth Bjork are my heroes. The Godfather and Godmother of memory (my name for them, not theirs!), and they have transformed my teaching. It was an honour to talk to them. We spoke about how memory works, why forgetting is so important, why tests are far more than tools of assessment, when and why to make learning difficult, optimal spacing schedules, how to interleave successfully, and a whole lot more. For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/robert-and-elizabeth-bjork-memory-forgetting-testing-desirable-difficulties/ 

2hr 7mins

29 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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Jemma Sherwood – Part 1: Sequences of lessons and the importance of silence

Jemma is Head of Maths at Haybridge High School and Sixth Form in Worcestershire. Jemma is a governor at a primary school, and a professional development lead for the NCETM. She is also the creator of one of my favourite educational blogs - jemmaths.wordpress.com - and the author of How To Enhance Your Maths Subject Knowledge. In this conversation we go deep into Jemma's planning process for a sequence of lessons, and talk about the importance of silence! For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/jemma-sherwood-part-1-sequences-of-lessons-and-the-importance-of-silence/ 

2hr 20mins

22 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Kris Boulton – Part 3: Is cognitive science almost useless for designing effective teaching?

Kris Boulton returns to the show to complete the trilogy - although Parts, 4, 5... and 23 may not be far away as I have so much to talk to him about. Here we delve deep into Kris' belief that cognitive science has severe limitations when it comes to actually helping teachers improve, and what his alternative is. It is a cracker! For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/kris-boulton-part-3-is-cognitive-science-almost-useless-for-designing-effective-teaching/ 

2hr 59mins

9 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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Jeremy Hodgen: Teaching low-attaining students, relevance and fingers!

Jeremy is a Professor of mathematics education researcher at UCL Institute of Education, the co-author, along with Dylan Wiliam, of Mathematics Inside the Black Box, and the co-creator of the ICCAMS project. We had a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion that covered is findings on a project into the best way to teach low-achieving students, the importance of mathematical stories, how to deal with relevance in mathematics, and the key role fingers have to play in learning! For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/jeremy-hodgen-teaching-low-ability-students-relevance-and-fingers/ 

2hr 15mins

16 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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Tom Sherrington: Rosenshine’s Principles in Action

Tom Sherrington returns to the podcast to discuss his new book, Rosenshine's Principles in Action. We discuss which of the principles can be put into action straight away, and which can be developed over time. We also discuss the features of successful schools, and plenty more along the way. For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/tom-sherrington-rosenshines-principles-in-action/ 

2hr 25mins

7 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Daisy Christodoulou – Assessment, Multiple Choice Questions, 7 Myths about Education

Daisy is one of the leading assessment figures in education in the UK. Her two books - Seven Myths about Education and Making good progress? - have transformed my teaching practice. We spoke about what makes a good assessment, the importance of planning examples, the power of multiple choice questions, the dangers of an over-reliance on past papers, comparative judgement and more! For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/daisy-christodoulou-assessment-multiple-choice-questions-7-myths-about-education/ 

2hr 5mins

24 Apr 2017

Rank #16

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Bernie Westacott: Teaching maths with visuals and manipulatives

Bernie Westacott is a master of teaching key mathematical concepts in a visual way, using manipulatives and other representations. In this episode he takes me through 3 demonstrations: introducing number, operations with negative numbers, and simultaneous equations. In a world first for the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, this episode is available in both audio and also video so you can see Bernie in action, and watch me struggle! For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/bernie-westacott-teaching-maths-with-visuals-and-manipulatives/ 

2hr 46mins

8 Nov 2018

Rank #17

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Tom Sherrington: The Learning Rainforest

Tom Sherrington is a vastly experienced teacher and headteacher, blogger, speaker, and the author of one of my favourite books, The Learning Rainforest: Great teaching in real classrooms. In the episode we tackle all the big issues, from curriculum to assessment, lesson observations to different approaches to teaching. No matter what your subject, I think you will enjoy this one. For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/tom-sherrington-the-learning-rainforest/ 

3hr 11mins

15 Jun 2018

Rank #18

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Slice of Advice 2019: What did you learn this year?

The band are back together again to reflect on what they learned in 2018/19. Expect contributions from the likes of Dylan Wiliam, Mary Myatt, Harry Fletcher-Wood, Tom Bennett, Oli Caviglioli, and many, many, many more. Roll on the summer! For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/slice-of-advice-2019-what-did-you-learn-this-year/ 

2hr 32mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Helen Williams: Early Years teaching and manipulatives

Dr Helen Williams has been teaching, and learning about mathematics teaching, for over 30 years. Her particular expertise is in learning maths with children from 3 to 8 years of age, which is most certainly not my area of expertise! In this wide-ranging conversation, we discuss exactly what an early years maths lesson might look like, why manipulatives are so important for children of all ages, and why Helen is not exactly sold on Cognitive Load Theory! For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/helen-williams-early-years-teaching-and-manipulatives/ 

2hr 21mins

2 Dec 2018

Rank #20