As I mentioned earlier, I'm taking a leave of absence from Stanford for the winter. In addition to my work with the Shell Centre in the UK, I'll be doing some professional development as time allows. If you're interested, you can find the dy/dan roadshow here:
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MathRecap is a project in modernizing and increasing access to math education conferences. I and my fellow recappers concluded our coverage of CMC-North last week. How did we do?
On the one hand, our most trafficked recap, Lisa Nussdorfer's iPad session, received 538 unique pageviews, which means many more people had access to her talk than just the thirty of us in the classroom where she was scheduled. That's great.
On the other hand, traffic wasn't so explosive that I'm convinced this kind of site is as useful as it can be. So I'm inviting your commentary: What would make a conference recapping site most useful for you? If it isn't something you find useful, why not?
NCTM is in four months. That's a pricey ticket and many of you aren't attending. So what can a site like MathRecap do for you?
David Wees is the first to say that MathRecap wasn't well publicized:
This is the first I’ve heard of the site, so I missed the announcement somehow, so maybe people just don’t know about it? I’ve added it to my feed though, and included it in my list of mathematics education blogs.
I had no idea how what was being discussed translated into classroom practice, what “culturally relevant pedagogy” looks like past one ambiguously phrased word problem, and how the standards of mathematical practice are linked.
Blog posts are good. Presentations are good. But what is each format particularly suited to do? In particular, what gets lost when you try to translate a presentation to a blog post?
I'll be at CMC-North this weekend and my schedule is jammed up with too many great options:
- 8:00-9:00AM. Lisa Nussdorfer. Using the iPad in the Mathematics Classroom.
- 9:30-10:30AM. Dan Meyer. Tools and Technology for Modern Math Teaching.
- 11:00AM-12:00PM. Bob Petersen. Making Functions in Algebra Active and Interesting. Backups: Alteparmakian, Callahan, Doherty, Lim, Taylor.
- 1:30-3:00PM. Karen Arth. Mathematical Modeling. Backups: Farrand, Humphreys, Pickford, Tucher.
- 3:30-5:00PM. DeFazio. Learning Algebra Using C/C++. Backups: Bellman.
Very few math conferences have that kind of roster and as sad as I am for myself that I may miss Patrick Callahan and Megan Taylor and Tony Alteparmakian and others, I'm even sadder for you, because you may not be there at all.
So I'm kicking off Math Recap with several other Internet-types at CMC-North. We'll be digesting and blogging the sessions we attend and we could probably use your help.
If a) you'd like to help open up the professional development that's usually locked up at these kinds of conferences, b) you already have a blog, c) you'll be at CMC-North, then send those details in an email pronto to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, team. Let's make this awesome.
Great idea! I could not afford to go, so I'm really glad you'll be sharing what you learned.
If anyone ever asks you to give an Ignite talk, say yes. With twenty slides auto-advancing every fifteen seconds — ready or not — it's a wonderful, miserable format. I've given a handful and each one has helped me get a stronger grip on editing, illustrating, and public speaking. Here's the Ignite talk I gave at O'Reilly's #openedu confab yesterday:
The short version is this: lousy contexts and lousy questions are easy to find. Good contexts and good questions are scarce. I'm working on one solution to the good contexts / good questions shortage that isn't even in the same ballpark as "perfect," but it's a start.
Scott Farrar, Dan Anderson, Frank Noschese all made contributions to this talk. Thanks, buds.
- Why Students Hate Word Problems. Friday. 2:00PM. Terrace Ballroom 4.
I'm going to put this talk on ice after NCTM. If you caught it at either of the California conferences, I'd check out Al Cuoco's session instead.
There will be a math teacher tweetup on Friday at 6:00PM at The Farmer's Cabinet.
With infinite time and infinite clones I'd catch all of these sessions. The usual biases: nothing with an exclamation point in the title, no TI technology, no SMART technology, no vendors. If I missed anything (maybe even your own session) please make a case in the comments.
- Digital Math Textbooks: Promise or Reality? Amanda Thomas, Barbara Reys.
- Mathematics of Game Shows Plus. Bowen Kerins, David Hammett.
- Guidelines for Choosing and Using Technology in the Mathematics Classroom. Thomas P. Dick.
- Identifying Appropriate Use of Technology in an Algebra Classroom. Stephen F. Bismarck, Jeremy Zelkowski.
- From Grade 5 to High School: An Algebraic Investigation. Al Cuoco, Alicia Chiasson.
- Doctorates in Mathematics Education: A Shortage Continues, and Jobs Exist. Robert Reys, Robert Glasgow, Christa Jackson.
- Proof in Geometry Textbooks: Not All Opportunities Are Created Equal. Nicholas J. Gilbertson, Samuel Otten.
- The Ethics of Using Advanced Technologies in a CCSSM Environment. Zalman Usiskin.
- Technology as a Tool for Orchestrating Mathematical Discourse. Jessica Cohen, Gail Burrill, Thomas P. Dick.
- Reasoning and Sense Making in Algebra and Common Core Standards. Karen J. Graham, Al Cuoco, Gwen Zimmerman.
- Real-World Math with Mathalicious. Karim Kai Ani.
- I Tweet, Therefore I Learn. Max Singerman Ray.
- Using Technology to Increase Conceptual Understanding in Algebra and Geometry. Annie Fetter.
- Beyond Sudoku: Using Logic Puzzles to Develop Mathematical Reasoning. Breedeen Murray.
- Evidence-Based Strategies for Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4–8. John Woodward, Mark Driscoll.
- Intriguing Lessons about Teaching and Assessing Math around the World. Steven J. Leinwand.
BTW: Ihor Charischak has culled out some promising sessions in the technology strand.