CMC – North 2009: My Playlist

a/k/a Asilomar 2009

I’m at CMC – North this weekend. CMC has cut itself back quite a bit in light of these Tough Economic Times. Nevertheless, past experience has set my expectations pretty high for this conference. My slate is particularly strong this year, also, with two sessions from Steven Leinwand (engaging presenter with an interesting approach to problem-based learning), one from Michael Serra (author of the least helpful Geometry curriculum I have ever used), and one from Allan Bellman (my teaching mentor at UC Davis). In the middle of all that I’ll be presenting my own material.

If you’ll be there, tweet at me (#cmcn09), drop a comment here, say hi. I’ll be blogging most sessions and I’ll update this post with links later.

  1. Thoughts On Rationalizing Algebra In Ways That Serve Kids, Not Universities, Steven Leinwand.
  2. What Do We Do With The Seniors?, Robert Loew.
  3. Don’t Just Cover Geometry, Discover Geometry, Michael Serra.
  4. Be Less Helpful, Dan Meyer.
  5. Lights, Camera, Action! Fun And Success For All In Algebra, Allan Bellman.
  6. Intriguing Lessons About How Math Is Taught And Assessed In High Performing Asian Countries, Steven Leinwand. Sick. Left the conference early.
I'm Dan and this is my blog. I'm a former high school teacher, former graduate student, and current head of teaching at Desmos. More here.


  1. Dan, I am a new follower to your blog, so I just wanted to ask… When you say “least helpful geometry curriculum I have ever used,” you mean that in a positive way, right?
    As in, the book doesn’t give cookie-cutter problems that kill real learning.
    I am using CMP2 with my sixth graders, trying to get them to understand the meaning of fractions, decimals, and percents. I think the two curriculums have the same philosophy, and wanted to get your quick opinion.

  2. That’s right, Stacey. “Less helpful,” like I linked up in that post, is a term of endearment on this blog. Assuming you’re talking about CPM, I like its philosophy also. I’m not familiar with CMP, though.

  3. Can we expect to get either video or a transcript of your session? While reading your blog probably gives enough embodiment of what you’d say, I’m still curious to give it a read/listen.

  4. @LSquared, killer conference all the way through, though I called in sick for #6 and went home early. #3 was great, but if you’re familiar with Serra’s work at all, it wouldn’t surprise you. In any case, I’ll have recaps up sometime during the week.

    @Brian, I’ll have audio / video / slides up also, sometime within the week.