This should only be a short blog post to help me remember what I experienced today. It was super fun and it’s exciting, even if a bit overwhelming, to find that everywhere you turn there are people who have a very similar goal at their job: get students to learn & love math.
Here’s what I discovered & learned (in reverse chronological order):
- Arithmetic, specifically just adding and multiplying numbers, can be beautiful (Art Benjamin’s presentation was awesome!)
- Anything can be turned into a debatable activity (Chris Luz, @pispeak had a great presentation with tons of info!)
- Debate is great for students for many, many reasons. To name a few:
- Gets students thinking on both sides of an issue
- Students can see when it’s better to solve problems different ways (when you force them to choose one side and debate 1 on 1 with a classmate)
- Makes it exciting
- A bunch of other reasons I didn’t write down.
- Giving students a framework/vocabulary for debate makes “attacks” less personal and more appealing.
- Physics Educational Research–Physics teachers have already done the research in how to best teach Physics. Wow, how didn’t I know this already? Lots to look for here before I start class in 2 weeks. *gulp* (Thanks Eric!)
- Bree (@btwnthenumbers) shared how she uses Evernote (why haven’t I really used it before?!?) to organize her MTBoS material. I need to get better at sorting things right when I read them and Evernote can help do that as long as I’m diligent while I’m reading.
- I need to go through the 200+ bookmarks I’ve saved into Chrome but never looked at again. Why didn’t I realize that I don’t look at those?!?
- Alex Overwijk & Mary Bourassa shared how to get students to ask good questions: it’s by making them reflect on what makes a good question and putting a poster of what they realize on the wall (okay, it’s a little more than that, but I wrote the rest down in my notes, okay?)
- Trader Joe’s doesn’t open until 8am. Why?!? No idea.
I’ve also met someone who:
- Shares a last name with me.
- Taught with my father-in-law (Nicole Paris, @solvingforx)
- Teaches in my former “hometown” (Mary Brown, @marybachbrown)
- Went to my college (okay, so I already knew you two, Anna & Julie!)
- Shares a room with me (well, okay, Jamie, @jrykse, & I had planned that out ahead of time though we had never met in person)
Looking forward to more fun tomorrow!