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TMC18 speaker proposals are OPEN

Twitter Math Camp is coming to the CLE this summer. My very own school, its wireless network, and its neighborhood restaurants will be home to a whole flock of MTBoSian folks. You should come! One sure fire way to come and participate is to propose a session and have it accepted. Don’t fret if you’re new at this — there are lots of options for session structures. I’ll let the team do the talking below….


We are starting to gear up for TMC18, which will be at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH  (map is here) from July 19-22, 2018. 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/TMC18sessug). 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 nearly everyone who submitted on time was accepted, however, we cannot guarantee that will be the case. 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 19 and 48 one hour sessions that will be either Thursday, July 19, Friday, July 20, or Saturday, July 21). That means we are looking for somewhere around 70 sessions for TMC18. We are requesting that if you are applying to speak for a 30 or 60 minute session that there are no more than 2 speakers and if you are applying for a morning session that there are no more than 3 speakers.

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 15, 2018 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 TMC – Lisa Henry, Lead Organizer, Mary Bourassa, Tina Cardone, James Cleveland, Cortni Muir, Jami Packer, David Sabol, Sam Shah, and Glenn Waddell

 

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How I Teach: Daniel Carlson

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like.

Way way back — before this blog, my Twitter, and maybe even Desmos itself existed — my colleagues had a student teacher name Dan Carlson. He went on to teach across town, and we’d only meet up at the occasional trivia night. Now, he’s blogging very regularly and tore up TMC17. This #HowITeach is an instant classic and will be forever known as the most quotable issue.


Location
Mayfield Middle School, Mayfield Heights, Ohio (suburb of Cleveland)

Current job
8th grade mathematics teacher

One word that best describes how I teach
Insane

Current mobile device
Samsung Galaxy S6

Current computer
Asus ZenBook. It’s amazing. I love it.

What software or tools can’t you live without?
Google Slides, Microsoft Word, Inkscape, Geogebra, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome

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How I Teach: Sarah Carter

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like.

Sarah Carter was invited into the series by Carl Oliver a few weeks back. Her responses are chock full of great ideas for keeping a classroom running well. No joke, she goes into some excellent detail to let us all in to her process. Check out her blog and twitter for more on how she does what she does.


Location
Drumright, OK

Current Job
Algebra 1 and Chemistry Teacher

One word that best describes how you work
Interactively

Current mobile device
MotoG3

Current computer
Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?
SMARTNotebook, Microsoft Publisher, Snipping Tool, Google Keep, IrfanView, Laminator

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How I Teach: Nick Corley

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like.

Nick was with me in the first cohort of the Desmos Teaching Fellowship, and I’ve enjoyed throwing ideas back and forth with him on Twitter and on Slack. Catch up on his blog over here!


Location
I live in Marmora, NJ

Current Job
8th grade Mathematics in Northfield NJ Algebra 1 and 8th Math

One word that best describes how I teach
Humorously

Current mobile device
Iphone 5

Current Computer
HP Pavilion

What software or tools can’t you live without?
Desmos!!

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How I Teach: Fawn Nguyen

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like.

Two weeks ago, Fawn was invited by Mattie Baker to participate in this onslaught of questions, and it was an on-point invite. Fawn’s blog is bursting with deep, honest, and helpful reflection on her craft, but it also strikes me as one of the best for talking about organizational strategy in the classroom. Let’s see if we can keep this thread of invitations going with her request (near the end, no spoilers).


Location
Oxnard, CA. Not the prettiest sounding name. There’s ox and there’s nard, neither conjures up images of serenity nor charm. But it’s home to the Dallas Cowboys training camp every summer.

Current Job
I’m teaching Math 7 and Math 8 this year. Math 7 is new for me. My previous assignment (for many years) was Math 6 and Math 8, so it was nice for me and the students to get a year break from each other. Not any more!

One word that best describes how I teach
Diligently is the intention, but sometimes it looks more like doggedly.

Current mobile device
iPhone 5S

Current Computer
MacBook Pro. I use one laptop for work and home, so it goes with me everywhere.

What software or tools can’t you live without?
Other than my alarm clock, I rely heavily on Google Calendar.

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How I Teach: Carl Oliver

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like.

On the second round of the Desmos Fellowship, I got to meet Carl Oliver (we were even roommates for a short time). A week or 2 later, he delivered a keynote at TMC17 that had everyone diving deep into what first made them #pushsend. His responses below get right at the whole reason I wanted to start this series in the first place: so that I could get some recommendations on tools teachers use to make it through the day.


Location
New York City

Current Job
Assistant Principal City-As-School High School

One word that best describes how I teach
Relationship-ey (is that a word?)

Current mobile device
LG V20

Current Computer
School-issued Acer Chromebook + HP Inspiron workhorse

What software or tools can’t you live without?
Google apps suite
New Visions Cloud Lab Add-Ons (especially Form Mule, Form Ranger, and Auto Crat)
Desmos
Bit.do (like bit.ly, but easier to get the names I want)

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Scenes from AB: Help from the class

One question I often get from teachers in Desmos PD sessions is whether they can turn off the option for students to see other responses from the class when they submit a text or choice response.

Screen Shot 2017-08-25 at 11.35.21 PMSo first off, yes you can turn it on or off. When using the text input or multiple choice, you can check or uncheck the box to allow students to see 3 random responses when they submit their answer.

Teachers will often express concern that students will just copy answers off each other. I hear that. Every choice a teacher makes in a lesson’s design (whether using technology or not) should have a reason behind it, and whether you check that box or uncheck it, you should know why that particular response should or shouldn’t allow that kind of feedback.  Continue reading