Last week, we attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Wow – what a fantastic conference! We connected with amazing math teachers and attended inspirational sessions while bonding as a team in beautiful San Francisco. In sessions and in our conversations with teachers, we observed passion and dedication to teaching and the desire to grow professionally. We came back to our offices in New York pumped up and energized by what we saw. Being at NCTM reinforced why we are in this business – to support teachers in helping all students reach their full potential! We heart math.
At our booth, we asked teachers how they respond to students who inevitably ask, “Why do we need to learn math?” Teachers who stopped by our booth to share their thoughts told us that math is everywhere and that it is a language that helps us to think critically. See our favorite responses below. What do you say to your students? Share with us on Twitter, @knowre.
You’ve got mail! Aside from the holidays, it’s a novelty to receive physical mail these days (and we’re not counting bills and junk mail). We designed and printed postcards so that teachers could send a note to their colleagues, principals, students and friends on what they learned at NCTM.
Lastly, we were blown away by the variety of sessions we were able to attend. Jo Boaler, Professor of Math Education at Stanford University and Co-Founder of youcubed.org, spoke of the growth mindset and how our brains work differently when we believe in ourselves and believe we are capable of doing math. She spoke of how critical it was to help kids believe this. In another session, Changing the Math Mindset for Struggling Learners, the importance of making mistakes was emphasized. We also attended sessions about experienced and inexperienced problem solvers and how math can be used in careers in technology. We’ll be expanding on all these topics over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!