It’s Conference Time!

Spring is here, and to me that means it is education conference season. Yea!! I’m in San Antonio, TX to attend both the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual conferences. It is an opportunity to connect with, learn from, and collaborate with colleagues from all over the United States and Canada. This year I also have the honor of presenting a session at NCTM. I am so excited! I really am looking forward to facilitating a session about Professional Noticing.

At the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education, the Research and Professional Learning divisions have been reading, learning, and sharing recent writings on Professional Noticing. To “notice” means to become aware of something in the world. We know that what you notice affects how you teach. When I think about noticing, the question that plays in my mind is: How can I become better at “in-the-moment” decision making, which is an integral part of my daily teaching, so I can better understand my students? At AIMS we are doing our part to help classroom teachers sharpen their Professional Noticing skills, and I am looking forward to continuing to share some things that I think will help classroom teachers while I am presenting at NCTM. Perhaps I will see you at my session.

Professional conferences are where I get to reenergize and be a part of the pulsing energy that abounds. I am eager to hear what the up and coming young “rock star” math educators are thinking about and working on. It is important to me to listen to what they have to say. I also like to listen to the seasoned and what I think of as, “ultra wise”. To me, it is getting the mix, or the yin and the yang, all wrapped together. After it is over, I know I’ll be eager to get back to my office to tackle whatever I may find on my desk.

So, I hope your spring plans may be similar to mine. Do they include a trip to an educators’ conference? Say “Hi” if you see me in San Antonio!

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