CMC-North 2012 &

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

Thanks, team. Let’s make this awesome.

Featured Comment:

Elena Tomasetti:

Great idea! I could not afford to go, so I’m really glad you’ll be sharing what you learned.

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  1. Elena Tomasetti

    November 28, 2012 - 7:02 am -

    Great idea! I could not afford to go, so I’m really glad you’ll be sharing what you learned.

  2. Randy Blackwood

    November 28, 2012 - 7:04 pm -

    Just curious why you are going to waste an hour listening to Dan Meyer talk. Don’t you get enough of him on a daily basis? :) Have fun!

  3. Great idea – Though I’m not in California, I’ll be posting about my experiences at NCTM Chicago this week. I have the lofty goal of a post-per-talk I attend, but will definitely be summarizing some high points at a minimum.

  4. I was able to go, and saw some outstanding speakers. Didn’t get to see you, but I did get to chat with you at lunch Saturday. Luckily, I’ve seen you speak a few times before, but when I mentioned to my homeroom students that I met someone who was in a TED talk, they all were excited that I’d met a celebrity and want to see your talk on Friday during homeroom.

    I agree that it is a great conference. I’ve been to a few NCTM conferences, which were also great, but neither I nor my school have the budget for any such travel now, so CMC-North is all I get to attend these days. Every time I go, I find myself rejuvenated afterwards, and am always excited when I have something new that I can use immediately. That happened this time with Marla Mattenson’s talk, and specifically a way to structure students’ written reflection on assessments. I’m already trying it this week, and my students have been amazingly enthusiastic so far, even though it involves (ugh) writing.