On October 22nd-24th, over 1200 math teachers got together in Whistler, B.C. to share ideas and get inspired… so before I forget all the wonderful moments, I thought I should write a few down and share! There were far too many moments to list them all, so here are my top 5 (in no particular order):
- Trevor Brown was FANTASTIC and inspiring. I had never attended one of his sessions before… and had been clearly missing out! He reminded us of just a few of the ways that math is all around us and highlighted the many ways in which it can sometimes be “spooky”! 🙂 Whether it was chopping up a Mobius strip or highlighting beautiful patterns that appear around us, I can safely say there wasn’t a person in that room who wasn’t inspired!
- Andrew Stadel’s session about ways to encourage number sense was one of those sessions that gives you something to do on Monday and to play with forever. I can’t tell you how many times along the drive home I turned to my husband to ask: “OK now seriously, how long do you think THOSE traffic lines are?!” 🙂
- Sean Chorney’s session presented engaging problems that got us doodling in our notebooks and dreaming of extensions. I’m still trying to generalize a rule for organizing n cards after he gave us the following problem:
- Peter Lilejdahl’s session about conceptualizing and actualizing the new curriculum was a great reminder that the lack of clarity around implementation is an opportunity for teachers rather than an impediment.
- Robert Kaplinsky‘s 5-minute Ignite presentation about productive struggle echoed my feelings about wanting students to be able to persevere without torturing them. 🙂 I especially appreciated his humour and bike-riding analogy!
These were just 5 of the MANY highlights for me… it was also very fun to get to share about Standards Based Grading (and by far the biggest room I have ever been at the front of)!
Overall, this conference was an opportunity to experiment, puzzle, and to “stop and smell the mathematical roses”… it was wonderful to be around a group of mathematicians and teachers who are passionate about what they do!