Last week, I had the privilege of being allowed to take my road show to Saskatoon, SK. I presented at, and more importantly, I got to attend SUM2014, the annual conference for math educators in Saskatchewan.
It came at a time when I really needed it. It was a great two days hanging out with math educators. I learned a lot, and had a lot affirmed.
Other highlights for me were:
- Reconnecting with David Coffey and Kathryn Coffey, who I first met two years ago in Edmonton.
- David and Kathryn’s session on literacy and math. We’re into that here in Alberta, too, so it was timely.
- Meeting Nat Banting in person. Watch this kid. He’s a rising star in math education.
- Reconnecting with Park Star. I now know (and remember) her real name, but it’s more fun to pretend I don’t.
- Meeting Lisa Lunney Borden. We only had a few moments to chat over breakfast and before the conference started, but now I know about CMESG, which I think I will attend.
- Briefly disengaging from David Coffey’s session on engagement and convincing the woman beside me to join Twitter.
- I enjoyed my sessions. Some of the participants were kind enough to let me know they did too. That kind of feedback is always appreciated. Keep in touch.
- Having supper with Steve, Anne, David, Kathryn, Nat, Michelle, Jacquie and Allison. It was a great meal, and I got Leinwand’s ear to myself for a bit. His bloggable advice on the current math debate is to build bridges. Connect with math professors. Listen to each other. He’s wise. He’s been through this before. I appreciated him listening to me.
- Steve Leinwand referred to me in the closing session as “That dude from Alberta.” I felt like I had arrived.
- A panel discussion with (L-R) Kathryn, David, Me, Steve. Terry Johanson was also on the panel, but we took this before we started (notice Steve’s engagement level), and she wasn’t there yet.
We ended with Steve Leinwand modelling practice. One of the panel questions was “How do you coach or teach subversively?” We all answered (except me – my voice was gone). Then Michelle was wrapping up. She asked the audience if they had any questions. They didn’t. There was time left. Steve jumped up, asked the audience to take 2 minutes to share their conference “take-aways” with a neighbour. Then he asked them to share back with the whole group. One person shared back something he learned in my session, thereby earning a beer on me next time I’m in town. Other people shared what they learned. Steve took over the wrap up and modelled a large group reflection. That’s subversive coaching, right there, folks.