Description

Hello! My name is Craig Barton and I am a secondary school maths teacher, the TES Maths Adviser, creator of mrbartonmaths.com, diagnosticquestions.com, the author of "How I wish I'd taught maths", and a bit of a maths geek. This is my podcast!
Each episode, I interview someone from the world of education who interests and inspires me. They may be a maths teacher, such as Dan Meyer, Kris Boulton and Greg Ashman, or they may be from the wider world of education, such as Dylan Wiliam, Tom Bennett or Robert and Elizabeth Bjork. We cover issues such as lesson planning, problem solving, motivation, cognitive conflict, behaviour, memory, cognitive load theory, and a lot more.
Be warned, these interviews are intended to be long and in depth, and are probably best digested across a few journeys to work or a few laps of the park with your dog. At lot of people are using them as CPD on the move! I hope you find my guests as interesting and inspiring as I do, and please help spread the word!
You can contact me on Twitter, where I am @mrbartonmaths

Customer Reviews

Open to all but highly informative

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Hungry hamster4573
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2019-03-09
A great podcast that delves into some best practice and a little theory for good quality teaching. Mostly about maths and science, but with a sprinkling of English and other subject areas. Think of it more as a (sometimes meandering) ‘deep dive’ rather than a pithy 20 minute summary (although there are Craig’s take-aways at the end). If you are interested in thinking, then this is for you.

Informative and though provoking

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rhubarbannie
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2019-02-21
I am a primary school teachers who specialises in teaching maths. Listening to this podcast has changed my teaching and learning in all subjects not just maths. Really worth the time.

Best Maths CPD ever

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z0e aka newmrsc
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2019-01-23
Am new to podcasts, and having started reading Craig’s book I quickly got distracted by these.... and they are so interesting and relevant to teaching I can’t get though them quickly enough.

Wonderfully informative

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julesbn
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2019-01-22
A great way to fill my time when travelling. Excellent stuff

Maths For Your Ears

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@aap03102
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2018-12-31
I'd recommend having the Mr Barton Maths Podcast banging out through the speakers instead of cheesy disco tunes at your wedding.

Fantastic

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4321SB
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2018-12-09
I have learnt so much from these podcasts. Brilliant.

Teacher

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Jamie Thom
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2018-11-24
A superb listen: entertaining, thought provoking and always packed full of practical strategies for teachers to implement.

Fantastic CPD

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Mum to newborn
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2018-11-14
I’m an RE teacher and I am hooked on Mr Barton’s podcasts. Listening to them has been an amazing opportunity to learn. Thank you so much Craig for the time, energy and effort you put into producing them.

Flippin ‘eck

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Mum mum cho
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2018-10-12
The best way for any maths teacher (and probably any other research/evidence engaged teacher) to spend a few hours of their life! When I first found this podcast I had loads to catch up on. Now I find myself checking invade a new episode has been released! It’s truly changed my teaching for the better and even working full time with two children under 4 I’m managing to get the evidence informed, subject specific CPD that’s so desperately lacking in schools. Well done Craig!

Something for everyone

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tlasham
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2018-09-16
I’m a primary teacher and English coordinator. I always find something interesting and relevant in every podcast. Keep up the good work.

Fantastic

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RustyMommy
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2018-08-22
Listened to this in my training year, want to implement everything. His take aways are so great, wish my notes were as succinct.

Education CPD Gold

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Ant Currie
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2018-06-25
As a teacher this podcast should be essential listening, Craig is a very down to earth, easy to listen to interviewer. It obviously has a maths education focus but there is so much in there for anyone with an interest in education, educational research and anything teaching related. This Podcast alone has changed my practice and influenced my teaching more than anything or anybody and I believe all for the better. I really can’t recommend it enough, there is something in here for everybody.

Best Maths CPD ever

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Charlotte 165
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2018-06-24
This is the best maths CPD available. I have changed so many things about my maths teaching because of this podcast. All of which have made significant improvements to my classroom practice.I love how Craig asks the questions we are all thinking and perhaps dare not ask within our own school. Keep them coming Craig!!!

Such an amazing resource

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JHerman1
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2018-06-09
I'm not a Maths teacher myself (I teach Latin and Philosophy), but I've found some of the episodes on this podcast to be a total revelation. Craig Barton has got such fascinating nuggets of wisdom out of Dylan Wiliam, Daisy Christodoulou, Doug Lemov, Tom Bennett, and many more - I can't wait to listen to more!

Excellent

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danz beii
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2018-06-07
Thank you for these excellent, informative, thought provoking podcasts.
I am currently changing career from being a pharmacist to a secondary maths teacher and start training in September. It was only towards the end of my Mathematics and its Learning degree with the OU that I started to consider issues involved in mathematics education and the topics discussed on these podcasts have made me think so much about how mathematics should be taught. I have learned so much from listening and they are perfect for the 45 minute drive to and from school.

Gold dust

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mrsrpv
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2018-06-07
An amazing way to get CPD session on the move! Only discovered these a couple of months ago and working my way through the back catalogue. Gold mine of educational gurus - thanks Craig!

Flipping’ brilliant!

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lessthanperfectpete
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2018-06-06
I’m belatedly discovering these podcasts since reading Craig’s book How I Wish I’d Taught Maths. I love how he gets his guests to explain EXACTLY how their ideas would work in classroom. Every episode I’ve listened to makes me question my practice and opens up possibilities for improvement. If you want to do the best for your students, there is no better place to go. Thank you, Craig.

A North Star for teachers looking for direction!

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Jason McCord
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2018-06-01
Mr. Barton/Craig’s balance of a researched and pragmatic (practically applied in his own class) approach to the discussions mixed with a combinations of honest and modest evaluation of what he does (and has done in the past) make it not only an enjoyable listen, but a super informative and practice changing one.
This may not have been the recent spark which has reignited my passion for teaching ... but I am pretty sure it is the gasoline/petrol.
p.s. Is Craig “absolutely obsessed” with being “absolutely obsessed” ... and if so do we need to get help for him?

Gareth Evans

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Gareth Alun Evans
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2018-05-10
Essential CPD for mathematics teachers. Top notch guests and plenty of food for thought.

Brilliant

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NikNakScott
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2018-04-13
I have been loving listening to all the podcasts over the next few months. From the interviews with interesting people to the reviews from the conferences that I am rarely able to attend, it's great to hear lots of different approaches and getting ideas to trial in my classroom. I mainly listen on my commute and am working on getting the rest of my dept to listen to these as well!

Loved it

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Otobaia
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2018-03-23
Oliver Lovell: absolutely brilliant! A lot of take ways, for sure, but mainly I loved “I do you do” way: tried it with my Y10s and was brilliant. Loved the sharing of “working memory” and “long term memory” terms with kids because I did it as well and although no one in department does it, to me it felt right and it is fascinating how many of them listen.
A huge thank you to you Craig for building my confidence. As a foreign teacher I always felt I should learn from others but your podcasts confirm so many of my ideas and empowers me. Obviously, I am learning a lot too!
Inga

Superb

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Djzlehmann
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2018-03-12
A great podcasts for all teachers of all experience and background. Always a fair bit of talk on cognitive psychology which makes total sense - why don't we talk more about this on training courses and in schools?! Conference takeaway number 1 v good and a more managable length! Hope it stays.

Best Personal CPD you can get

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Theobald Arthur
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2018-03-03
I started listening to this podcast about a year ago. I’m a Maths Teacher from Uni of Nottingham, the same as Craig and particularly enjoyed the Stef Sullivan and Colin Foster Episodes. I couldn’t recommended this podcast enough for CPD for all Maths Teachers.
All episodes are well worth listening to again several months later!

An audio teaching bible

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Joe Lawton
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2018-02-21
These podcasts are a fantastic collection of ideas and resources on the teaching of mathematics. It's brilliant to hear of the ideas of a wide-range of guests, of which several methods have found their way into my own practice. Can't reckoned enough 👍

Outstanding

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benjro
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2018-02-17
Having devoured Craig Barton's excellent new book, I was keen to investigate his sources. The book refers a lot to his interviews, and I can see why. This is a who's who of great educational thinkers. There is *so* much material here that every maths teacher should be following this podcast.
What is encouraging to me is that I was drawn to his line of thinking by my own experiences, and in direct opposition to the instruction I was given in teacher training. I tried the way I was taught and it doesn't work. Stumbling around for some methodology I came across Willingham and then Sweller. This was the turnng on of a light. Finding Craig Barton's book was like finding the missing manual.
If you think social constructivism is the be-all and end-all of pedagogy then this is probably not the podcast for you (or perhaps it is *exactly* the podcast for you). If you have a sneaking suspicion that yes, perhaps you should be more of a "sage on the stage" than "guide on the side", to use the rather cringeworthy terminology, then subscribe right now.

Thank you for doing this

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< Al >
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2018-02-01
While I am neither Craig’s wife nor mother I still want to give this podcast a massive thumbs up. Thank you for bringing so much food for thought to my mental table and exposing me to exciting research on concepts and practice.

Superb

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WishICouldDraw
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2018-01-23
Loving these podcasts, keep up the great work Mr Barton!

Amazing podcast

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Charlie Burkitt
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2018-01-18
I’ve been enjoying these interviews so much for so long I felt I couldn’t go any longer without giving a 5 star review. Thank you for all the work you put into them Craig, they are routinely the best and most interesting cpd I experience.

Excellent CPD

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Theoriginalss
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2018-01-06
Excellent podcast for maths teachers and teachers of any subject for that matter. Particularly of interest to research focussed educators. I wish the audio quality could be improved, but I guess thats a byproduct of this not being recorded with guests in a studio.

Throughly compelling

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Rob G86
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2017-12-29
This podcast is brilliant. The guests present their ideas and reasearch in a thorough way. Craig always brings the discussion back to real life strategies of how the research impacts the classroom and what strategies teachers can use to improve learning. This is extremely reflective and challenging. These podcasts have proved a great 'way in' to find out more about educational research and Craig's website provides further details. Thank you for these podcasts.

Fantastic and not just for maths teachers

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Andytpercival
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2017-11-28
This podcast is essential listening for any teacher insteresting in improving their practice. Craig Barton has managed to secure interviews with some of the leading thinkers in education and their insights go far beyond the 'maths' tag that the podcast has. The Doug Lemov, Greg Ashman and Daisy Christodoulou episodes are equally relevant to primary and secondary teachers. As a non-teaching deputy head listening to these podcasts has made me yearn to be back in the classroom to try out the ideas mentioned - and there can be no higher recommendation than that!
Brilliant.

Excellent

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daedor
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2017-11-16
Brilliant podcast for maths teachers and teachers in general. Get up to date on some current research well driving to your car to work , win win . Keep up the great work Mr. Barton

Teach Like A Champion - Doug Lemov episode

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teaboy22
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2017-11-13
How does Craig get time to do this and create Diagnostic Questions?! Keep it coming please - fantastically useful discussion.
@mrjtalbot

Excellent

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mathsRae
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2017-10-26
Informative CPD that gives a more thorough insight into experts thinking.

Fantastic!

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Ghjfcsvkkb
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2017-10-25
Craig manages to get the best of the education world (especially but not limited to maths) - literally these are people I pay money and travel the country to hear speak! Craig brings them to my headphones and interviews them with his usual charm, always asking exactly the things I want to know. The show notes provide a handy set of notes so I can listen while I walk the dog or drive or do other things that leave my mind and ears free. I love these, can’t see why any teacher wouldn’t find them very valuable - spread the word!

Much food for thought

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ThePiManSg
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2017-10-16
If you can find the time, this is one of the best ways of spending two hours to reflect on your own teaching practices and learn from the best around. Craig asks the right questions at the right time to ensure we get the maximum from each guest. Flippin’ heck it’s good.

Amazing CPD

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Maths Movie Making Teacher
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2017-10-16
In order to have the time I want to spend listening to Craig Barton's podcasts I have recently started to take exercise. What can I say - life changing on so may levels. Thank you Craig for your enthusiasm and for making so much research accessible to busy teachers.

Awesome podcast

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Ovalaxles
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2017-10-08
Craig’s podcasts are interesting and thought provoking. Also, they’re often relevant to non maths teachers. Worth a listen whatever age and subject you teach.

Absolutely Quality Podcast

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Tommee93
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2017-10-05
As a new trainee teacher this podcast has been fantastic for everything from suggestions of great maths education books (Jo Boaler, Ed Southall two excellent uses of my first bursary payment) to techniques and what we can expect from our lessons. Keep up the good work!

Flippin' Brilliant

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MrNickMaths
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2017-09-28
These podcasts are pretty much responsible for getting me a recent promotion. Having listened to all these Maths chats for the best part of six months on my daily commute/sleepy time drives for MiniMissNick.
There is no end of the wealth of expertise, warmth and passion for kids' education from guest after guest.
If you have any role in educating children Maths (though some are non-subject specific) then they should practically be compulsory.
Keep up the great job Craig and maybe see you at MathsConf at some point.

Unmissable

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Pps197
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2017-09-10
I'm always delighted when I find there is a new episode to listen to. There is just so much to learn from listening. The choice of guests is brilliant, and somehow the long-interview style is so compelling.

Excellent listening

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RogBryan
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2017-09-03
Another really useful podcast - thanks Craig

Excellent super fantastic math podcast!

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Maths tat
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2017-09-03
I love this podcast! Craig asks the questions that you yourself would want to pose. He invites the most interesting and relevant guests to discuss math education. The underlying goal of every podcast is how can we make ourselves better teachers. I come away with new ideas and new inspiration every time I listen. I previously taught secondary school maths in the U.K. But now I teach high school math in the USA and this podcast is useful no matter which side of the pond you live on. I am currently trying to make this podcast be part of our Math Department CPD program - it is that good! Keep it coming!

Mr Barton Podcasts

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Fizzpopbubbles
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2017-08-31
Another really informative and interesting CPD podcast. Amazing and recommended. Really enjoyed

Compelling and useful!

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md_02
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2017-08-30
I am a newly trained Maths teacher at a special needs school and I really enjoy and learn from these podcasts. It's like being in a maths staff room with the best teachers. Really excellent.

Amazing

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Nedge9
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2017-08-24
Fab CPD. Amazing interviews. Craig your a star. Thanks for all your work.

Fantastic podcast

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ronstoon
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2017-08-23
Excellent CPD available for whenever you have a free hour (or 2).

Inspiring

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Archiemel
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2017-08-21
Wish I'd found out about these a couple of years ago when I changed profession to be a maths teacher. If only my training had given me a fraction of what each of these podcasts do! I used to feel that I was teaching in spite of my training. I can't wait to get back into the classroom as my whole attitude to teaching has been vitalised - (is that a thing?) Thank you so much to Craig and all his guests.

100% gold - maths from all angles

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arohanlon
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2017-08-11
Absolutely cannot recommend Craig's podcast more highly. Every episode is a cracker - varied, insightful, engaging... I'm a final-year undergraduate and am planning to embark on a maths specialism primary PGCE next year and this podcast has been invaluable in opening my eyes to the (maths-)teaching profession. A fantastic resource both for newcomers and seasoned maths teachers. Thank you Craig - you're an inspiration!