or: What Not To Call Your Presentation.
I'm taking a school1 day today and driving 45 minutes South to Monterey, CA, for two-and-a-half days of math-instruction instruction. I'm pumped.
This blog was born during Asilomar last year, y'know? I got into a conversation with this lady named Rebecca who was all crazy about blogs in the classroom and I was like, huh?, and she said, well you've heard of David Warlick, right?, and I was like, huh?, and the conversation kept up like that until the day that you and I first met2.
I've been looking forward to Asilomar 2007 ever since. This year you've got my favorite high school math teacher (Sid Bishop, Ukiah High School) and my favorite college math professor (Tom Sallee, UC Davis) conducting sessions back to back. Them boys are gonna bring the walls down.
But excepting sure-bets like those, selecting breakout sessions is a delicate game. One can't help leaning heavily on session titles.
The titles which beckon me:
- Using Manipulatives and Investigations in Geometry
- Who Should Take Algebra? And What If They're Not Ready?
- 50 Years Since I've Taken Algebra 1. What's Happened?
- From My Algebra Toolkit To Yours — From a 24-Year Veteran
- Math 20-20 Vision: What Will K-8 Math Education Look Like In 20203
- Amazing Things To Try With Your Class Set Of TI-83s
- Math In The Real World: Investments and Taxes
- Algebra Techniques Using An Excel Spreadsheet
- Streamlining Your Classroom
Or, basically, give a clear, targeted goal or issue a clear, intriguing question and I'm sold.
Conversely, here are the titles which'll have me hovering around the pastry cart for the duration of the session:
- Games And Tricks To Put The F-Word Back In Teaching — FUN!4
- Eureka! Discover Gold! Integrate Math And History.
- LOGical Arithmetics: Fun, Insightful And As Easy As Falling Off A Log!
- The Ethnomathematics Of Dance!5
- Teach With 99% Inspiration And 1% Perspiration
- Math's a Beach
So, best to avoid cheap puns, promises of inspiration, uplift, exclamation points.
But, I mean, don't take any of this too prescriptively. I'm at sessions as much for presentation style as content so maybe you want to ward off ornery kids like me with a few exclamation points.
No way I sleep all weekend. If you're heading my way and want to meet up, get at me on my burner, or just keep an eye out for a tall dude, head tucked low, back of the room, scribbling all over a yellow legal pad. That'll be me.
for your consideration:
- Updated: my school is paying for my substitute and registration. Thanks a bunch.
- Wish I could find Rebecca's blog now. She's, like, medium build, shoulder-length hair, and, um, average height. Maybe one of you School 2.0 types knows her.
- "For the first time in 2,500 years, we have a medium ideally suited to teach basic math skills." Suppose he's talking about the phonograph?
- Oh man, I almost thought he was gonna go there.
- Oh man, this one hits all of my buttons.