Dec 012016
 

We are starting to gear up for TMC17, which will be at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School  in Atlanta, GA (map is here) from July 27-30, 2017. We are looking forward to a great event! Part of what makes TMC special is the wonderful presentations we have from math teachers who are facing the same challenges that we all are.

To get an idea of what the community is interested in hearing about and/or learning about we set up a Google Doc (http://bit.ly/TMC17-1). It’s a GDoc for people to list their interests and someone who might be good to present that topic. The form is still open for editing, so if you have an idea of what you’d like to see someone else present as you’re writing your own proposal, feel free to add it!

This conference is by teachers, for teachers. That means we need you to present. Yes, you! In the past everyone who submitted on time was accepted, however, this year we cannot guarantee that everyone who submits a proposal will be accepted. We do know that we need 10-12 morning sessions (these sessions are held 3 consecutive mornings for 2 hours each morning) and 12 sessions at each afternoon slot (12 half hour sessions that will be on Thursday, July 27 and 48 one hour sessions that will be either Thursday, July 27, Friday, July 28, or Saturday, July 29). That means we are looking for somewhere around 70 sessions for TMC17.

What can you share that you do in your classroom that others can learn from? Presentations can be anything from a strategy you use to how you organize your entire curriculum. Anything someone has ever asked you about is something worth sharing. And that thing that no one has asked about but you wish they would? That’s worth sharing too. Once you’ve decided on a topic, come up with a title and description and submit the form. The description you submit now is the one that will go into the program, so make sure it is clear and enticing. Please make sure that people can tell the difference between your session and one that may be similar. For example, is your session an Intro to Desmos session or one for power users? This helps us build a better schedule and helps you pick the sessions that will be most helpful to you!

If you have an idea for something short (between 5 and 15 minutes) to share, plan on doing a My Favorite. Those will be submitted at a later date.

The deadline for submitting your TMC Speaker Proposal is January 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern time. This is a firm deadline since we will reserve spots for all presenters before we begin to open registration on February 1st.

Thank you for your interest!

Team TMC17 – Lisa Henry, Lead Organizer, Mary Bourassa, Tina Cardone, James Cleveland, Daniel Forrester, Megan Hayes-Golding, Cortni Muir, Jami Packer, Sam Shah, and Glenn Waddell

Dec 012013
 

TMC14 Speaker Proposals

We are starting our gear up for TMC14, which will be at Jenks High School in Jenks, OK (outside of Tulsa – map is here) from Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27, 2014. We are looking forward to a great event. Part of what makes TMC special is the wonderful presentations we have from math teachers who are facing the same challenges that we all are.

To get an idea of what the community is interested in hearing about and/or learning about we set up a Google Doc (http://bit.ly/TMC14-1). It’s an open GDoc for people to list their interests and someone who might be good to present that topic. If multiple people were interested in a session idea, he/she added a “+1” after it. The doc is still open for editing, so if you have an idea of what you’d like to see someone else present as you’re writing your own proposal, feel free to add it!

This conference is by teachers, for teachers. That means we need you to present. Yes, you! What can you share that you do in your classroom that others can learn from? Presentations can be anything from a strategy you use to how you organize your entire curriculum. Anything someone has ever asked you about is something worth sharing. And that thing that no one has asked about but you wish they would? That’s worth sharing too. Once you’ve decided on a topic, come up with a title and description and submit the form.If you have an idea for something short (between 5 and 15 minutes) to share, plan on doing a My Favorite. Those will be submitted at a later date.

The deadline for submitting your TMC Speaker Proposal is January 20, 2014. This is a firm deadline since we will reserve spots for all presenters before we begin to open registration on February 1, 2014.

Thank you for your interest!

Team TMC – Lisa Henry, Lead Organizer, Shelli Temple, Justin Aion, Mary Bourassa, Tina Cardone, James Cleveland, Cortni Kemlage, Jami Packer, Anthony Rossetti, and Glenn Waddell

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Aug 012013
 

These are my initial thoughts. There will be more coming.

What can I say, just as last year, it was awesome. This year it was awesomer! (Yes, that is a word, I just used it, so it works.)

Last year I was cowed and nervous. I was a “new” teacher in a group of amazing teachers who contributed and offered so much to the Math Teaching Community that I felt I had little to share or offer. I was kind of new to the community and I was uncertain about my ability to contribute something of value to the more experienced teachers. By the time I left, I realized that EVERYONE has something to offer EVERYONE else. Teaching is a craft that takes time and energy to develop, and what makes the best teachers is they have questions and weaknesses, and they are constantly trying to improve.

Flash forward to Philadelphia this year and I am more confident in my pedagogical knowledge AND less confident I am a great teacher. I have been working with and talking with this group of individuals on twitter and my blog, but I have been struggling with pushing my learners to the highest levels of rigor.

Bottom line; I am exactly like everyone of this group of collectively amazing teachers who all struggle and suck at teaching at times (although maybe I suck just a little bit more than some of them). And I feel comfortable sharing that with this group.

The first thing that makes TwitterMathCamp different than NCTM or the AP Institutes is the social element. We know each other and have been working with each other all year. We are a group of friends that have met ONCE in person if we are lucky, otherwise we have never met. This creates a trust and that carries over into the sessions. Furthermore, there are social events planned that most people attend. As I was walking home from the Trivia Night event, one of the attendees who is also a college professor said that, “The most productive time at a major conference is the time spent in the bars afterwards getting to know people.” Why? Because that is where RELATIONSHIPS are built.

Yup. That about sums it up. Except at TMC, that level of socialization occurs all day long.

Many fellow tweeps said that this conference is special to them. My contribution to this discussion is that at this conference, the #backchannel that occurs at NCTM occurs equal with the content of the presentation. Only at this conference is the importance of the sharing, retweeting and communication just as important as what is occurring in the presentation.

Someone holds up a book as a great example of content, and someone in the audience finds the book on amazon and tweets out a link. The presenter says something important, and half the audience tweets out the statement, and 10 other people comment and build on the idea. All this while a conversation is going on around the topic being presented in the room.

Notice I have not yet mentioned any content we discussed? I have a notebook full of it, but the passion for math and relationship building is what I wanted to discuss first. This is what good teaching is all about, and if I can build ¼ of that that level of relationship with my learners, I have done a great thing.