The icon on my airplane’s wifi signal indicates I’m somewhere over Wyoming right now, en route to Washington, D.C., for collaboration and conviviality with thousands of math teachers from all around the United States. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with old colleagues and meeting new ones so let me tell you where we’ll find each other. If we’ve met, let’s catch up. If we’re just meeting, let me know what you’re working on or wondering about.
Desmos Preconference Workshop
My team will be running a morning workshop and an afternoon workshop on our newest, hottest technology and activities.
Also: Emdin’s opening session; NCTM Game Night.
Zak Champagne, Mike Flynn, and I have recruited four interesting speakers —Â Lauren Lamb, Javier Garcia, Nanette Johnson, Andrew Gael — each offering their own variation on a similar theme. The presenters and the organizers collaborated on these ten-minute talks for the last several months. The process was a joy and the resulting talks are really exceptional. We’ll also introduce a new way to continue the call to action of those talks long after they have ended.
Desmos Happy Hour & Trivia
Beep beep! Right after ShadowCon, I’m speed-walking straight to NCTM’s Top Rated Happy Hour Event. Then we’ll commence NCTM’s Highest Grade Trivia Competition. I can’t divulge any of the categories but if you were to brush up on your naughty words that rhyme with math vocabulary, I don’t think you’ll regret the effort.
Also: Sessions with Stiff, Rosen, Briars, Usiskin, Cirillo, Pelesko, and time at the Desmos booth, trying to convince people to buy our free calculators and free activities. (Pretend you don’t see me, friend. Pretend you’re on the phone with your mother. Pretend I didn’t invent those exhibitor-dodging moves. We are having this conversation, friend.)
Full Stack Lessons
I know my talk is at 8 AM. I know that. But I’ll be bringing coffee for at least me and one other person in the room. Maybe three more people if I can find one of those coffee carrier trays.
Here’s the description:
Two teachers can take the same idea for a lesson and experience vastly different results in class. This is often because one teacher taught from the full “stack” of questions and the other taught from just part of it. We’ll look at the contents of that stack and learn how to put the full stack of questions to work in your classes.
Also: Zager, Martin, United Airlines.
Jane TaylorApril 25, 2018 - 5:20 am -
Will there be a video available for your full stack workshop. Wish I could be in DC to hear that.
Dan MeyerApril 27, 2018 - 1:38 pm -
I just finished the talk. I’m reasonably certain the video, sound, and slides all recorded. If so, I’ll post it soon. Thanks for the interest.
Mr KApril 25, 2018 - 6:17 am -
I can’t make that, but I’m excited that (after following this blog for over a decade) I finally get to see you in May.
Dan MeyerApril 27, 2018 - 1:34 pm -
Whoa! We gotta commemorate that somehow.
Donovan HayesApril 25, 2018 - 6:21 am -
First timer for NCTM, but I’ll definitely be checking out your sessions. I’ve been a follower of the blog and your twitter account since my first year teaching. Now, I’m in my 5th year and starting to fumble my way through some 3 act math and pushing myself to keep on trying new things. I’m excited to see what other teachers across the country are doing! (And, I’m actually presenting myself on Friday morning on how my students choreographed dances based on geometric transformations- complete with video!)
Dan MeyerApril 27, 2018 - 1:38 pm -
First time attender and first time presenter. Way to go!
Mr KMay 19, 2018 - 4:20 pm -
That was great.
Not only was the workshop good, but it’s always nice seeing skills in action. I’ve got a whole new a set of goals to work towards.
Dan MeyerMay 21, 2018 - 1:24 pm -
Waitaminit. Did you say hello?? I’m blanking on any connection b/w people I met and looong time bloggy folk. Feeling like you played this one coy, Mr. K.