TMC 18 has come and gone. I have had some time to reflect about what I learned and how it went. This was my second year at TMC and I am not sure how but it was even better than my first in Atlanta.
After getting off the plane that had no working lavatory (thank goodness for teacher bladders), I was worried that would be a sign of an awful trip. I immediately ran into a bunch of people. At the hotel, I ran into another group and we all ventured for dinner. I was impressed to see so many, that I met last year, and it was like we never lost touch. As someone who considers themself introverted and can hide in the background, it was so great interacting with my twitter friends that it made the trip amazing. I had great conversations throughout the entire trip and always felt welcomed.
Throughout all my sessions, I felt like I had been hit with a huge wave of ideas and my brain was so full! I have been pondering how to deal with the Tsunami of ideas and what I want to change for next year. I think my one main goal this year is to be intentional.
- Be intentional with using debate techniques in the classroom.
- Be more intentional with spiraling material to make it stick
- Be intentional with utilizing technology.
- Try to play with CL and geometry more this year
- Be more intentional with giving and receiving feedback
What will you be intentional with this school year?
So a little behind here on #sundayfunday challenge but that is okay because the goal is just to #pushsend.
I will be teaching geometry honors and algebra 2 studies (Learners who have struggled). In geometry I will be doing the same activity to build up a need for geometry vocab I have done before which you can read here. I will also be using my school fever activity that I have used before and you can read about that one here.
I have decided to try and get out of my comfort zone a little and instead of just reviewing how to plot coordinate points with my algebra 2 students, I thought it might be great to try and incorporate some sort of desmos activity instead. I am hoping that this will excite them instead of bore them to death on the first day of class. Students will be using the mini-golf coordinate activity with a few extra slides that I have added/modified at the beginning and at the end to lead some discussion about scatterplots. After being at #tmc17 and being involved in #desmoscamp I really love the idea of pausing and being able to restrict parts of the activity. This will be my first time trying all of this out on a new group of students day 1 but I am thinking it will lead to great success! If you want to see what it looks like and try it out then go here.
Regardless of what you are doing, I encourage you to think of ways to try and take a risk and go for something new. This has made me even more excited for the start of the year!
Participating in a Sunday Funday post sounds a great way to jump on the blogging bandwagon momentum. More information here: https://ispeakmath.org/2017/07/31/lets-blog-together-sunday-funday-is-back/
Since this week is goals then I should talk about things I am looking forward to trying this school year:
- I am going to work on observing more. Observing my colleagues and having them observe me. We can all learn a lot from others we teach with and I want to try and do more of that this year. I also want to work on observing my students more. I want to have me do less of the talking and focus on listening to them and their conversations.
- I need to continue finding more hooks. More ways to get students pulled into a lesson. The morning session with the classroom chefs at #tmc17 talked a lot about adding small touches of humanizing aspects that students can engage with. I need to do this more often.
- I also want to work on discussion techniques. Even something as simple as having students stand up and talk to a partner about a strategy can make a huge difference. I need to capture more of those moments for students to talk with each other and share what they have learned.
I now see that the root of all my goals is on student perception in the classroom. I think these will be goals that are attainable. Now that it is August, it is time to start getting ready. What are your goals? Share them with me and lets keep each other accountable!
As I am back home and reflecting on Twitter Math Camp 2017, I feel like I have learned a whole lot of nothing.
- I learned nothing but friendly and amazing people attend this conference to make a first-timer feel welcomed
- I learned nothing but amazing things from Desmos and have inspired me to use the software even more
- I learned nothing can change how I feel about incorporating more student voice into my classroom
- I learned nothing will change in my classroom unless I take more risks
- I learned nothing but being vulnerable will help me grow even more
- I learned nothing will keep me away from the MTBoS and all the wonderful people involved in it
- I learned nothing was gained except an amazing new group of friends and an overload of ideas
- I learned nothing will stop me from attending as many TMC’s as possible
I learned a whole lot of nothing and I couldn’t be happier.