**My Session**

- 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.

**Tweetup**

There will be a math teacher tweetup on Friday at 6:00PM at The Farmer’s Cabinet.

**Other Sessions**

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.

**Thursday**

- 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.

**Friday**

- 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.

**Saturday**

- 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.

## 12 Comments

## Nathan Kraft

April 23, 2012 - 1:59 pm -Your list is small. I have 68 presentations I want to catch. I have to start narrowing the list down.

## Bob Lochel

April 23, 2012 - 4:21 pm -So hard to narrow it down. I am trying to focus on approaches to proof, as I am working with a team of teachers working to revise our Geometry courses. Also looking for “good” common core stuff, as it seems slapping Common Core on existing work counts as something new. A bit annoyed that I have to miss the tweet-up, due to a track meet I am running that night. Anyone know of interesting gatherings on Thursday?

## Michael P (@mpershan)

April 23, 2012 - 6:32 pm -The usual biases: nothing with an exclamation point in the title, no TI technology, no SMART technology, no vendors.How about, no puns?

(eg: 22, 55, 62, 74, etc.)

## blaw0013

April 23, 2012 - 7:29 pm -be sure to notice what Annie talks about. She ALWAYS makes me wonder… it’s a great experience. Have fun! :-)

## Climeguy

April 24, 2012 - 5:25 am -Thanks for the plug for my list, Dan. I would like to get as much commentary on the conference as possible as I plan to write about it after. As you may or may not know the theme for this conference is technology and more than a 1/3 of the sessions are technology related. I’ve been keeping track of this for years and its usually closer to 15% of the sessions. (See more stat details about this conference at http://bit.ly/I2F2Fj ). What was most striking to me was that there was no mention of math bloggers anywhere in the program! (I’m going to talk about it at my session – I should have put it in the title – and at the CLIME booth 1337) Most math teachers at NCTM conferences are not aware of what folks like Dan and all of you who calaborate with him are doing. Please spread the word and stop by and say hello at the CLIME booth. You can use your smartphone to locate it!

## Nathan

April 25, 2012 - 3:53 pm -Can’t go this year – hoping you’ll post or linkup some of the better presentations – especially Cuoco’s – as you did with California last year.

## Matthew Bardoe

April 26, 2012 - 10:50 am -Digital Math Textbooks was kind of a bust b/c it was little more than an overview of what is going on.

The Thomas Dick was a very good talk IMO. Some fabulous examples and some good tests about what makes meaningful tech.

That is all of the ones on your list that I saw on Thursday.

Still having a good time.

## Nathan Kraft

April 26, 2012 - 11:34 am -I was at the Thomas Dick presentation as well. I can’t wait to get my hands on the TI-Nspire software. I loved the way you could manipulate the models (the elevator and the urn) and see the effects on the graphs. This looks like a great way to demonstrate things like velocity and height, concepts I believe students struggle to understand when we graph them, often confusing one for the other. (I am not in any way affiliated with TI.)

## Bob Lochel

April 26, 2012 - 1:59 pm -Nathan, one of the nice features of the Nspire software is the ability to use PublishView to create demonstrations which can be “played” online, utilizing TI’s document player. Check out an example on my blog: http://mathcoachblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/ti-publish-view-bringing-interactive-lessons-home/ Note: the player seems top work better in Explorer, rather than Firefox

(Also not affiliated with the “cartel”)

## Annie

April 27, 2012 - 8:48 pm -@blaw0013, thanks for the thoughts and the excellent use of vocabulary. If you caught my talk, head on over to the blog and leave a comment.

@Climeguy, right you are about the blogging not being apparent. In trying to do my little tiny part, I’ve started using blog posts as my handouts (despite the appalling lack of Internet in the Marriott) instead of just web pages. The hope is that eventually folks will come back and comment. I even gave homework at the end of my Ignite talk on Wednesday, and while many folks have talked about it to me face-to-face, no comments yet. http://mathforum.org/blogs/annie

## Molly Olson

May 4, 2012 - 8:13 pm -I saw both Karim Kai Ani and Steven Leinwand at the WMC and they were both inspiring, funny and amazing. Math teachers are fortunate to have forward thinkers like yourself and these two to challenge us all to be honest with ourselves and realize how much less “helpful” and more thoughtful we must be.

## Norma

October 6, 2012 - 5:40 am -I was there to see this presentation and it was excellent. I just wish I could find a video of it so I can show it to my colleagues and friends.