I'm offering a day-long professional development session in Calgary [pdf] on 3/21/11 and Edmonton on 3/22/11. This will be my first trip to Canada. I have no idea how I'm going to get any sleep between now and March!
Perplexity: Coin of the Mathematics Classroom
Perplexity is invaluable currency in the mathematics classroom. Perplexity is the stuff of being perplexed. When students are perplexed, they aren't asking "when will we use this in real life?" because they're too busy chasing down answers to rich mathematical questions they came up with themselves. When curriculum is perplexing, the teacher doesn't have to announce the day's objective, because perplexity nudges yesterday's concept naturally into today's. In this hands-on workshop, we will discover methods for capturing perplexity, from YouTube videos, TV shows, and movies; for creating perplexity, using free and cheap technology; and for presenting perplexity, using pedagogy that draws in every learner, that knows when to give the student help and when to get out of the student's way.