Subject Passion as a Teaching Tool, by Trinity College Cambridge
When: Select weekdays 3.30pm – 4.15pm (live – virtual)
An exciting series of programmes for World Class teachers and subject leaders on sparking a passion for your subject
World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) and Trinity College Cambridge bring you a unique programme that aims to work with teachers to frame the A Level curriculum content in the context of studying the subject at university. This programme aims to offer a time-effective and accessible means of sparking a passion and interest in a teacher’s subject area to effectively teach students how what they are learning in school is applied at university.
Making links with a university subject department can have enormous benefits for teachers and for their students. The programme will offer up-to-date, useful information to support teachers in advising their post-16 students through their journey to higher education. Effective learning starts with learner relevance, and every subject can prove valuable once a student sees a connection between the content and their life.
What to expect
Trinity academics will lead an online teacher CPD session focusing on passion for their subject. The sessions will last approx. 30mins and are open to the academic’s choice in terms of content. It could be presenting an interesting area of research/study, discussing content taught at undergraduate level, subject links to A Level content (or lack of), interesting hints and tips to encourage passion in the subject area.
This programme aims to offer a time-effective and accessible means of sparking a passion and interest in a teacher’s subject area to effectively teach students how what they are learning in school is applied at university.
Who can attend?
Teachers and subject leaders from primary, secondary and special schools are welcome to attend. Attendance is FREE, however attendees will need to register in advance using the link provided.
When will sessions take place?
Following a hugely successful pilot programme in the Michaelmas term 2020/21, the programme is expanding to include a wider range of subject sessions to take place in 2021. Wherever possible these will take place on a weekday 3:30-4:15pm. Details and dates of upcoming sessions can be found via the links below. Sessions will be recorded and shared with all attendees that have signed up in advance, so even if you can’t make the session date / time you can sign up anyway to ensure you receive the recording after the event.
Geography, Economics and Law
Led by Andreas Kontoleon, Professor of Environmental Economics and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, at Cambridge University, Trinity College
who is passionate about: environmental economics (the economic impact of climate change)
When: May 10th 2021 3.30pm – 4.15pm (live – virtual)
This is a particularly exciting session, as it introduces staff to the under-graduate discipline of Land Economy, and with its focus on climate change, provides schools with a fantastic opportunity to develop a cross-curricular resource. We are looking for school practitioners to work with Andreas from geography, economics and law departments – please get in touch if this would be of interest.
Led by Dr Richard Serjeantson, Fellow and Lecturer in History, Trinity College Cambridge
who is passionate about: British and broader European history between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment
When: May 17th 2021 3.30pm – 4.15pm (live – virtual)
We are looking for school practitioners to work with Dr Serjeantson to create a resource to support the session – please get in touch if this would be of interest.
“May I express my thanks to everyone involved in this session. I think initiatives like this are an excellent way to build stronger links
between universities and schools.” Dr Ems Lord, Director of NRICH, Research Fellow, Clare Hall
Downloadable resources for past sessions
On 22nd March we enjoyed listening to the wonderful Dr Ems Lord drawing on the narrative of key moments in the history of population outbreaks and modelling to highlight the implications for animal populations, disease transmission and much more! The use of such fantastic real-life applications prompted reflections of how students can engage with this topical subject, through its various uses, and use A-Level Maths to delve deeper.
The session recording can be found here for your reference and for those who weren’t able to attend live.
You can find a fantastic and comprehensive resource attached, kindly put together by Anita Simpson to allow you to implement the subject in the classroom. She has created this resource to help you and your classes expand their understanding of the curriculum, find real-life links and consider up to date research. The resource is intended to work in conjunction with the research presented in Em’s presentation. We are inviting you to send in examples of your students’ solutions by 30th April 2021. Please visit this webpage on NRICH that houses Anita’s teaching materials, links to the materials Ems mentioned in the session, and a live tab for submissions. This is an unmissable chance for your student’s work to be immortalised via publication on the NRICH website!
As an overview of Anita’s resource, she has looked at 3 models for the spread of an infectious disease:
- Geometric model (using Geometric Progressions)
- S-I model (based on differential equations, separating the variables, partial fractions)
- S-I-R model (these differential equations can’t be solved with A-Level techniques but there is a great Geogebra file that will plot each equation as a gradient function and produces the outbreak curve we are familiar with on the news)
In all 3 cases there is an understanding section where she has gone through the maths quite thoroughly. It is aimed at teachers who simply don’t have the time to fully explore the mathematical modelling behind ‘flattening the curve’ or ‘delaying the peak’ but would love to know how it could be brought into their A level teaching. The style is suitable for teachers who are new to teaching and is directly relevant to A-Level students. She also produced follow up tasks for each model so that a teacher could use them when teaching the relevant topic or they could be used together to run an enrichment session looking at mathematical models – as they increase in sophistication, they become more useful. Finally, there are references for further reading.
You can find more information about studying Maths at Cambridge and for studying Maths at Trinity on our website. You can find out more about The World Class Schools Quality Mark and how to become accredited here.
Modern Foreign Languages
Led by Emma Widdis, Professor of Russian and Film Studies at Trinity College Cambridge who discussed the visual culture of Soviet Russia to help students see how learning a foreign language can tune us into how cultures work, and how meanings are conveyed and shared across music, film, social media.
Download a comprehensive classroom resource kindly put together by Lola Russell, Head of Spanish at St Andrews Catholic School in Leatherhead, to allow you to implement the subject in the classroom. The resource is editable and available in both English and Spanish. This resource has been created to help you and your classes expand their understanding of the curriculum, find real-life links and consider up to date research. The resource is intended to work in conjunction with the research presented in Emma’s presentation.
You can find more information about studying Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) at Cambridge and for studying MML at Trinity on our website. You can find out more about The World Class Schools Quality Mark and how to become accredited here.
Led by Imre Leader, Professor of Pure Mathematics, Trinity College Cambridge, who is passionate about Combinatorics and the game Othello
Download the CHOMP A level Classroom Resource created by Imre Leader and Thomas Bayle, Teacher of Mathematics at World Class Thomas Mills High School, to explain and implement the Chomp Mathematics teaching method demonstrated during the session.
Led by Dr Christopher Rauh a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge who is passionate about economics. He is currently thinking, writing and commenting on COVID 19 Beyond the Virus.
During the session Chris demonstrated a teaching method linked to the following exam question used by OCR in June 2019:
“Between 2011 and 2016 the total government subsidy provided for each university student fell from £14 000 to £10 000 per student. Evaluate, using an appropriate diagram(s), the effects of reducing the subsidy for university education.”
Medicine (with a focus on biology and chemistry)
Led by Dr Richard Hayward, senior lecturer in Microbiology, University of Cambridge who is passionate about molecular, structural and cellular microbiology
“Superbly engaging and inspiring talk. Many thanks for taking the effort and providing such an expert to address us.”
Led by Frank Stajano, Professor of Security and Privacy at Trinity College Cambridge.
During his fascinating session Professor Stajano discussed designing an efficient priority queue data structure. His passion for this subject stems from the binary heap being an amazingly ingenious, yet very simple, construction with remarkable properties. Students can build them on their own in a few lines and, through that, understand a number of important Computer Science concepts.
“Professor Stajano delivered a highly compelling structured talk on one-specific aspect of CS algorithms that is both interesting and made more so by its multi-disciplinary linking to many other aspects of the specification. Great advice.”
Bego Soler, Curriculum Leader for Computing at St Albans Girls’ School, has put together this fantastic and comprehensive A level Computer Science resource to allow you to implement the subject in the classroom, finding real-life links and considering up to date research by Cambridge University. This resource is intended to work in conjunction with the research presented in Frank’s presentation. It contains challenge material as well as applications of priority queues from slide 30 onwards.
You can find lots of content Frank has put together on all things Computer Science on his YouTube channel, Frank Stajno Explains. Please do subscribe to his channel and here are the specific videos he mentioned during his presentation:
Linear cost for building a heap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9lF-UJwUVU
Binomial heap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tLoSvxukuU
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These are just a few of the comments received from staff attending these sessions:
“Excellently delivered, relevant and engaging.”
“Superbly engaging and inspiring talk. Many thanks for taking the effort and providing such an expert to address us.”
“Biology is phenomenal! Will be extending my explanation on how bacteria make us ill using Richard’s resources.”
“The video was very interesting and something I will share with my students.”
“A great session. Interesting, applicable to the classroom and delivered well. Thank you!”
“I love that it was a really short and to the point session, no waffle but really valuable stuff!”
For your students’ passion…
The Cambridge Language Collective Writing Competition, is an opportunity for students to explore language – via essay, video or creative writing! The Cambridge Language Collective is a space for linguists and foreign language culture lovers to explore, discover and contribute to the furthering of knowledge and experience beyond the curriculum. For the competition, for Years 9-13 across two age group categories, they can work in groups or individually; if they’re looking for some inspiration, these recommended texts may be helpful (but don’t have to be used). They can also look on the Cambridge Language Collective blog for inspiration! Deadline Friday 9th April, 5pm.