Hypothetical NCTM Roster

I can’t make NCTM work this year but I checked the speaker listing (really, really quickly) and these are the people I’d check out if I were going. (Limited warranty, your mileage may vary, etc.)

  • Jerry Becker. Developing Computational Skills While Solving Problems and Avoiding Drill.
  • Akihiko Takakashi. Ideas for Supporting Students in Becoming Independent Problem Solvers.
  • Allan Bellman. Classroom-Level Assessment That Determines and Meets Individual Students’ Needs.
  • Michael Serra. Non-typical Investigations in Geometry for 2011.
  • Keith Devlin. Video Games for Mathematics: They Will Soon Get Better.
  • Bowen Kerins. Bringing Algebra and Geometry Together through Linear Algebra.
  • Bowen Kerins. Mathematics of Game Shows.
  • Glenda Lappan. Using Geometry as a Springboard to Mathematics.
  • Karim Logue. Real-World Lessons the Mathalicious Way.
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  1. Man, why don’t they hold this (and other conferences) in the summer? I’d love to go, but I’m not going to take time for it away from… you know… actually teaching.

  2. Why not in the summer? NCTM would get nowhere near the attendance that they get in April. Also school districts would not reimburse you if you go during the summer.

  3. Although I will not make it this year either, I do agree that I wish they would change the time. I understand doing it through the school year to have districts pay. However, March/April is so close to testing. I wish it was in February or January. @R. Wright sometimes you need leave your students for a couple of days to learn. It shows them that you are growing too.

  4. Imagining things from students’ perspective, I have to strongly disagree about the message it sends them. I’d rather make do with self study, when possible.

    I hope this little tangential discussion isn’t too distracting, but I’m very curious. Why wouldn’t school districts reimburse for a summer conference? I find that incredibly strange. Also, is the issue of reimbursement the only major reason attendance would be lower?

  5. Not that I know the answer to this, but I assume my district would rather pay for me to go in the summer. That way they don’t have to pay a sub to cover my classes.
    Do you know that they won’t pay, or do you assume that they won’t pay?

  6. My school won’t pay for me to go to this (and I am only a 4 hour drive away), so I was wondering if anyone knows if there is going to be a live feed of this conference? Dan, I know you have hooked us up for other conferences, albeit they were on the weekend and hi(gher)-tech conferences.

    I would love to watch the game show and mathematics session.

  7. There isn’t a livestream at NCTM, which is both unfortunate and totally understandable. There are, like, five million sessions at that thing.

  8. This would be amazing to attend someday. I was curious as to what the registration cost is on this.

    (Their current registration link just says that it’s closed for this year’s seminar.)

  9. Jeez, no pressure now. I promise only that key information about Plinko will be revealed, and that someone will walk out with the most-frequently-awarded prize in the history of The Price is Right.

  10. I loved, LOVED Karim’s presentation. Engaging, well-designed, and just fun. And totally in the spirit of Dan’s WCYDWT activities. I am going to roll out a couple of the Mathalicious lessons in my class as soon as possible.

  11. @Mr. Haines:

    Thanks a lot for coming, and I’m really happy you enjoyed the presentation. I hope you enjoy the lessons on Mathalicious, and please keep your eyes peeled for more. (I plan to release two new ones each week, as I develop more of the lesson guides). If you have any thoughts or comments, or if there’s anything I can do to help in any way, please don’t hesitate to email me.

    Also a huge thanks to Dan. The presentation had a good showing, and I’m sure you were largely responsible. I arrived at Bowen’s session 4 minutes late, and there was already a waiting line.