I’ve been back from Twitter Math Camp for more than a day. I guess that means it’s time to reflect on some of the best parts and to recognize some people who made the experience wonderful.
Dylan Kane was a great roommate. I’d never met him before TMC, so I wasn’t sure quite what I was getting myself into. But he was supportive and insightful. I’m glad I know him, and I look forward to talking to him more in the future. He’s @math8_teacher on Twitter and is definitely worth a follow.
Chris Luzniak was my mentor. His exuberance helped make my first TMC an amazing experience. I’m so thankful for Chris’s kindness and good humor. I probably wouldn’t have talked to anyone if he hadn’t forced me to meet so many people on the first day!
Chris and Mattie B led the three-day “Talk Less, Smile More” session. I learned so much about bringing discussion into the math classroom, and I’m super excited to get my students talking this year. I already have a fun Talking Points activity planned for the first few days. I look forward to using some of Chris and Mattie’s ideas to make my classroom into a richer learning environment for everyone.
Grace Chen delivered an amazing keynote! Her talked both saddened me and inspired me. As Grace showed, the deck is stacked against many people, and by their designs, systems in this country often work to prevent marginalized peoples from getting ahead. Grace’s thoughtfulness and passion cannot be denied. I’m so glad to have met her. I strongly encourage you to follow her on Twitter @graceachen. You won’t regret it!
I took a risk and talked to Sammie Marshall on Thursday. She listened to my rambling thoughts about diversity at my school, promoting tolerance, and supporting students from marginalized groups. These can be challenging topics to discuss, so I’m thankful for the opportunity to talk to someone as open-minded and as understanding as Sammie. She has a blog, and I really hope she starts writing more frequently!
I enjoyed Chris Shore‘s Clothesline Math session so much that I went to a second session he held the following day! Chris’s enthusiasm made his session an absolute blast, and Clothesline Math seems like a fantastic way to build number sense. I’m looking forward to using the clothesline this fall. I have a feeling it’s going to make a big difference with my students. Chris is on Twitter (@MathProjects), and even if he’s only 10% as awesome online as he was in person, that’s still pretty darn awesome!
Sam Shah is just an awesome guy. I told him about the Quote Board at the newbie dinner, and he urged me to blog about it. Who can say no to Sam Shah?! The post proved quite popular, which is a nice affirmation of the work I’ve done to build a strong classroom culture. I’ve read Sam’s blog for years, so I truly enjoyed meeting him. Thanks, Sam, for being awesome and for giving me a confidence boost!
Major shout-out Lisa Bejarano who was one of the first people I met and talked with. Her kindness and her support definitely helped me feel more comfortable. Lisa came up to me and complimented me on The Terror of Twitter Math Camp at a point when I didn’t think anyone even looked at it! I haven’t read her blog yet, but I’m looking forward to exploring it!
Shout-out as well to Deb Boden who talked to me every day – even after I’d forgotten that we’d met on the first day! Deb is just one of the many kind, welcoming people I met at TMC. Thanks to Deb and everyone else for making me feel like part of the TMC community.
I had an awesome conversation with Scott Miller on Friday while walking back to the hotel. Scott had some great advice on introducing new ideas to colleagues. I hope to demonstrate some of what I learned at TMC to my colleagues and let them actually experience the math!
I met Kate Nowak at Rose and Crown after Descon17. I’d read her blog many times over the years, so it was exciting to actually talk to her. We talked about Illustrative Math and curriculum in general. I’m looking forward to taking a deeper look at IM this year to see if it would be a good fit for my school. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Kate, who has blogged twice in the past week, will keep up the pace!
Plenty of other people made TMC17 memorable for me. Thanks to everyone for creating such a welcoming and enriching environment. I’m so excited for TMC18 in Cleveland!!!