What’s the best way to prepare for studying a PGCE in Mathematics?
Develop and refine your subject knowledge. In the first instance, look to complete a selection of WJEC GCSE Higher-Tier past papers. Can you remember how you were taught to solve quadratic equations, for example? Are there other methods that you might not be unaware of? If so, do some research online and trial these teaching methods before embarking on your teaching journey!
Once you have satisfied yourself with Higher-Tier GCSE, make sure that you look both up and down the Mathematics continuum! Can you remember how to introduce a Year 12 student to differentiation from first principles? Equally importantly, would you know how to navigate a conversation with a Year 7 pupil who asks, “Why do two minuses make a plus”? Remember, a great mathematician doesn’t necessarily make a great Mathematics teacher. However, a great Mathematics teacher who is also a great mathematician can change the world.