I began this post on Friday night in Hamburg Germany, near the end of ICME, the quadrennial international math-education conference that's been both exhilarating and exhausting. I’m now finishing it on the airplane headed back home.
As interesting as many of the presentations have been, they've also been … Continue Reading ››
I'm currently attending the 13th
International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME) in Hamburg, Germany, with well over 1000 math educators from around the world. Professor Gabriele Kaiser opened the conference with a statement of solidarity with Turkish mathematics teachers and researchers who at the last minute were unable to attend due to newly imposed government … Continue Reading ››
Like other enthusiasts of mathematics, I’m captivated by the way that mathematical ideas can explain things in the physical world around me, and by the way that I can carry out mathematical thought experiments in my mind and then apply the results to control my external physical environment.
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I had the immense good fortune this year to attend ICME
, the International Congress on Mathematical Education. The Congress is held every year divisible by 4, and this iteration (the twelfth) was held in Seoul, Korea. It is quite something to be at a meeting of nearly 4000 … Continue Reading ››
If you're the kind of teacher I was, you may never have heard of ISTE
—the International Society for Technology in Education. I'd never heard of them either. Every year, ISTE puts on a very large, well-organized, and international gathering of teachers, techies, and marketeers in a gadget, … Continue Reading ››
Nothing like your back going out to make you feel old. Happens to me every few years, and comes out of the blue. Last time it was when I was brushing my teeth. This time it was tying my shoes. Anyway, after a hospital visit I was told to take a couple of days … Continue Reading ››
It’s the day after the Learning Without Frontiers annual conference and I’m sitting at my sister’s desk in north London reflecting on an amazing couple of days. There’s a lot to unpack from two solid days of listening to 20-minute talks by people who have dedicated their lives to the important topics in education.
Interestingly, though, … Continue Reading ››
Last year my colleagues and I traveled around the country attending conferences and workshops for mathematics educators. We also “met” thousands of teachers online when they participated in our online courses and webinars. We gave talks, hosted Ignite! events, delivered workshops, chatted to teachers who visited our booth, gave demos, encouraged people to try our … Continue Reading ››
At the recent NCTM regional conference in Albuquerque, a local teacher stopped by the booth to ask about new features of Sketchpad 5
. He then shared with me his website of video lessons for Spanish-speaking students, LaracosMath.com
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For years we have heard how the American school system does not measure up to the Singapore school system in student achievement. Singapore's 4th and 8th grade students scored top place for Mathematics in 1995, 1999 and 2003 on the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study - the earlier acronym was Third International … Continue Reading ››