2021-22: Supporting Postgraduates Who Teach Mathematics and Statistics

Friday 11th March 2022

This is a free one-day workshop offered in collaboration between SMSTC, ICMS, and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for postgraduate students who teach mathematics and statistics. It will run on Friday 11 March 2022 at the Bayes Centre, Edinburgh.

Registration is required for all attendees. To register, please click here and then on 'Register here'.

The workshop will cover issues such as planning and preparing for teaching, facilitating problem solving classes, encouraging participation and providing support, and assessing student work and providing feedback. One of the sessions will allow participants to discuss any issues, challenges or concerns they may have in relation to their teaching duties, and to allow an opportunity for them to seek solutions both from fellow delegates and the session facilitator(s), who are experienced higher education teachers of mathematics.

Delivery of this workshop, given its interactive nature, has been optimised based upon in-person attendance at the ICMS in Edinburgh. However, delivery will take place in a hybrid way to allow a limited number of delegates to participate online.

Draft programme

10.00 am   Registration and Tea/Coffee
10.30 am   Welcome
10.35 am   The First Session
10.45 am   Planning and Delivering Small Group Teaching
11.45 am   Facilitating Problem Solving Classes
12.30 pm   Lunch
1.15 pm     Presenting & Communicating Mathematics
2.15 pm     Assessing Student Work & Providing Feedback.
3.15 pm    Tea/Coffee
3.30 pm    Interactive Session: Sharing Advice
4.00 pm    Close

The workshop will be interactive in nature, but a freely available handbook has been produced to support these events:

Cox, B. & Grove, M.J. (2012). Teaching Mathematics – a guide for postgraduates and teaching assistants. Birmingham, UK: Maths, Stats & OR Network. Available from https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-eps/college/stem/additional/Teaching-Mathematics.pdf