CAMT 2011 – Our Nerd Vacation


My wife, Lori, and I have come to Grapevine, TX to attend one of the largest state-level mathematics conferences in the U.S.  We are at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) which is a joint conference held by the NCTM, MAA and TASM.  (Google them if you really have to know what those acronyms stand for)

The conference is primarily for K-12 math teachers but there are few like me here that participate or supervise in the area of teacher education.  I’m here to learn two things, better techniques to teach our up and coming teachers and changes coming due to STAAR and the EOCs.  (The tests replacing the current TAKS.)

The venue is the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.


We have a beautiful room with an excellent view of the atrium.

IMG_1180 Stitch


Now this is more for me as a reminder than for the readers but here are the talks I have attended so far:


Day 1 (Monday, July 18)

First Timer’s Session (8:00 – 9:00)

Algebra I Activities With The TI-NspireTM Handheld – Andi Parr, Region 13 ESC (9:15 – 10:15)

The Role of Inquiry Teaching Methods in Secondary Mathematics Classrooms – Mark Daniels, University of Texas at Austin (10:30 – 11:30)

Ignite Session! – Tim Pope, Key Curriculum Press (11:45 – 12:45)
Note: This session had a unique format.  Nine speakers each had 5 minutes to present.  They each had 20 powerpoint slides that would advance ever 15 seconds automatically.  This year’s speakrs included; Pam Harris, Paula Moeller, Michelle King, James Epperson, Amber Branch, Emma Trevino, Cindy Schneider and Cindy Schimek.

Exploring AP Caluclus Activities with the TI-NspireTM – Noe Medrano (3:30 – 4:30)


Day 2 (Tuesday, July 19)

Small Group Instruction in the Secondary Classroom – Richard Yoes, Joda Mendoza, Pasadena ISD (8:00 – 9:30)

The New TI-Nspire Navigator SystemTM – Holly Larson, McKinney ISD (9:15 – 10:15)

Big Gains from Small Struggles – Cathy Seely, Charles A. Dana Center (10:30 – 11:30)

Math Curriculum Makeover – Dan Meyer, Author (11:30 – 1:00)


…more to come later


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