Friday, September 25, 2015

What did I get from CCTM?

At every conference, I feel like I get great reminders. What SHOULD I be focusing on in the classroom? What small tips can I pick up that will help my teaching practice?

Today, Mindy and I headed down to the Denver Merchandise Mart for the CCTM (Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics) conference.

We started with a mini-session on Twitter - nothing new for us "pro" users, but still great to connect with other twitter users at a place like this!

My next two sessions both focused on tasks that were "rich." They promote productive struggle (thanks NCTM for that phrase...)

The first one directly relates to what I'm teaching right now in Geometry - working with figuring out the set of points that is equidistant from any two endpoints creates the perpendicular bisector of that segment. Definitely gave me a new problem to use next week -- we've been working with points only in the coordinate plane. But, I'm not certain my students would know what to do if I just gave them two points in space. I'm super interested to see what approaches they might take!

Second session felt a little like a sales pitch for IMP curriculum, but definitely brought out great conversations about what the culture of your classroom needs to include in order to have successful student dialogue and to allow students to feel comfortable presenting (and making mistakes!) in class.

My favorite stuff came just after lunch. We attended a BLAST! session (read as: it was only 30 minutes) on Twitter, Blogs, and Networking for Math Teachers. Considering that is the topic of the PLC I'm leading this year, it was super helpful!

Decided to sign up on Feedly to get all the awesome math blogs I love in one place. I haven't used an RSS feed or some such fancy technological contraption since college. I think I just got busy with life and teaching. But there are some amazing MTBoS folks blogging about super interesting things!

Needless to say, I've spent the last hour finding blogs to follow and following a ton more of the #MTBoS folks on Twitter. I think I need to be more vocal on social media this year. Look out for more blogs and tweets from me!

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