Highly able students – theories and implementation by Elisabet Mellroth – University of Karlstad, Sweden.

Highly able students are not necessary high achievers. The “worst” student in your classroom might be the most highly able. Maybe he or she is sleeping through all your lessons, maybe he or she always interrupt you and argue with you or the other students. He or she might risk to become a drop-out. You as a teacher are just as important for the highly able as you are for the students with the most severe learning difficulties. In this seminar, you will be presented theories on giftedness, what research mean those students need to be able to develop their knowledge, specifically high ability in mathematics is addressed. Thereafter we shift to the diverse classroom and present how and what Swedish teachers find possible to implement of those theories, some concrete cases will be given. We end up in talking about collaboration between teachers and task construction.”

Drumcondra Online Testing System (DOTS).  Use of standardised tests of mathematics at the end of Second Year by Rachel Cunningham – Educational Research Centre, Drumcondra.

Earlier this year, the Educational Research Centre launched its new online testing platform for schools. The Drumcondra Online Testing System (DOTS), is a cloud-based, fully integrated, secure system for the delivery of standardised tests to students in Ireland. Currently, there are three new standardised tests available to post-primary schools on the DOTS. This presentation will focus on the Drumcondra Post-Primary Mathematics Test (DPPT-Maths), which is a computer-based, curriculum-linked assessment for students at the end of Second Year. The test was standardised in 2016 among a large, representative sample of Second Years. Each test item is linked to a learning outcome in the Junior Certificate syllabus and is further categorised by strand and by cognitive process. Class reports and individual student reports are available to schools almost immediately after testing. The presentation will begin with an overview of the DOTS, including how the system can be accessed and used by schools. This will be followed by details of the main characteristics of the DPPT-Maths, including examples of real test items and the different types of reports available.

The problem with homework! by Majella Dempsey – Maynooth University.

Research tell us that homework in mathematics improves academic achievement. However, how do we design, implement and mark homework so we get the best from the experience for our learners? This workshop will explore how we develop homework tasks, how students work on the tasks and how we correct and respond to that work within a 40-minute class. It is not easy but it can be done!


Teacher wellbeing and self-care by Suzanne Graham – PDST

Craft it with Maths- Teaching Geometry through Art by Aoife Kelly – St. Killian’s Community School

This presentation explores the use of Art as a way of developing geometrical skills such as constructing angles, using geometrical tools, measuring and constructing shapes. By creating graphic art work, students develop understanding of theorems, angles, line and shape properties. They use maths as a problem-solving tool and look at patterns in 2D polygons. This series of lessons makes connections across areas of learning, provides students opportunities to learn maths outside of the textbook, while meeting multiple Junior Cert. and Leaving Cert. syllabus outcomes. The Key Skills of the Junior Cycle and a number of statements of learning are integrated and developed through this approach.