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Key Ideas in Mentoring Mathematics and Teaching

15 June 2020–19 July 2020, 12:00 am–12:00 am

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Kindly note that this short course has been cancelled. This online course contributes to the development of experienced mathematics teachers as mentors of early career mathematics teachers or less experienced colleagues through engagement with robust and up-to-date mathematics education research.

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Dr Eirini Geraniou

On this course, you’ll be led by experts from the UCL Institute of Education as you learn how to support less experienced maths teachers.

Course content

Kindly note that this short course has been cancelled. The course covers four pedagogically-powerful inter-connected themes:

  • fostering algebraic reasoning
  • fostering geometric reasoning
  • fostering numerical reasoning
  • fostering functional reasoning.

These themes focus on promoting ‘big ideas’ in learning and teaching mathematics such as generalisation and abstraction, reasoning and proof, precision in mathematical language, conceptual structures within mathematics, and appreciating the potential for mathematics teaching and learning of digital technologies.

Who the course is for

This course is suitable for those who have been teaching mathematics at secondary school level for at least three years. This background is needed as mentors draw upon their observations and wealth of knowledge as experienced teachers to suggest effective and workable approaches for maths lessons.

Entry requirements

This course is designed for:

  • maths teachers with three or more years' experience, aspiring to become mentors
  • mentors of mathematics teachers seeking research-informed professional development opportunities for their teaching and mentoring practices.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will have:

  • improved your subject knowledge for teaching mathematics to 11-18 years old students
  • engaged with relevant educational research and understood how it can be applied to your own teaching practice, and that of your mentees
  • contributed to a community of mathematics mentors.

Course structure

The course is delivered online through the FutureLearn learning platform. The course is five weeks in duration, four hours per week with the option of two live taught sessions at the end of weeks three and five.


You'll get a certificate of attendance on completing the course.


£300 per participant.

How to book

Kindly note that this short course has been cancelled.

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About the Speakers

Dr Cosette Crisan

Dr Cosette Crisan is currently the Programme Leader of the MA in Mathematics Education programme in the Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department and a Principal Teaching Fellow in mathematics education. Cosette teaches on the MA Mathematics Education programme and on the Mathematics PGCE course. As part of the MA Mathematics Education programme I am involved in dissertation supervision of Masters students.

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Dr Eirini Geraniou

Eirini was born in Athens, Greece and stayed in Athens till she graduated from school. She studied for a 4-years undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of Crete, before moving to the UK to study for an MSc and a PhD degree in mathematics education at the University of Warwick. During her graduate studies and before joining the UCL Institute of Education to work as a Research Officer on the MiGen project, she taught maths in secondary school and university level. She has worked on a number of research projects (MiGen, Metafora, italk2learn, MC2), whose aim was to design, develop and evaluate digital tools for teaching and learning mathematics.

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