November 4-5, the dates of the annual conference of the Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics, is quickly approaching. This year the conference will be held at West High School in Salt Lake City. Have you registered yet? Want a preview of what you'll find at the conference? Good news! This year our entire schedule can be found online at https://utahcouncilofteachersofmath2016.sched.org/. There will be over fifty different sessions at the 2016 UCTM Conference. You can even use this online schedule tool to create a schedule of which sessions you plan to attend.
Need some help getting started? Hearing about math talks and wondering if that can help your students gain number sense? Check out this session or this session about math talks. Want some new problem solving opportunities that engage students and enrich learning? Check out this session for an engaging statistics task, this session for a collection of interesting tasks for grades 9 -11, this session to learn more about some free online tasks from Desmos that will get your students talking, this session about how to beautifully integrate the instruction of mathematical standards and art through the construction of tessellations, or this session in which you will discover resources for matching tasks with your curriculum and embedding them into your lessons, Come learn about The Links Between Self-Confidence and Math Performance; the Myths of Mnemonics (and a better way to teach Order of Operations);Invisible Mathematics; Building Conceptional Understanding of Fractions (including Fractions with Polynomials); and so much more. Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg of some of the great sessions that will be taking place.
While you're building your schedule, don't forget to include the Ignite Session. Ignite is a series of talks where speakers have five minutes to talk on a subject about which they feel passionately, accompanied by 20 slides, for 15 seconds each, automatically advancing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignite_(event)). Want a sample of what that looks like? Here's my Ignite Talk from the 2015 conference:
Giving that talk was one of the scariest things I've ever done. But what an adrenaline rush when it was over! Here's one of my favorite Ignite Talks from the 2014 Conference:
You can find video all of the talks from the 2014 UCTM Ignite Session here and all of the talks from the 2015 UCTM Ignite Session here. We are so excited to see what kinds of new things we will learn and be inspired by in our Ignite session this year. On the Online Schedule, you will find a list of this year's presenters as well as the titles of and brief summaries of their talks.
Don't forget to include in your conference schedule our Keynote Speaker, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics President - Matt Larsen. Matt's background is in mathematics education, but he has also been an administrator and was most recently the K-12 Curriculum Specialist in Lincoln, Nebraska. His keynote address will focus on the important topic of equity.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of the wonderful things that will be happening at the UCTM Conference this year. Talk to your department head, district supervisor or principal about getting funding to attend. I have found that if I talk to enough people, I can usually find someone to pay my attendance fee because they appreciate that I am being proactive in my professional learning by attending well-planned professional conferences such as this one. Start that process now so that you don't miss out. We've put a lot of work into creating a conference that we feel you will find a valuable investment of your time. But the conference won't be successful unless you come. We want you there. Please join us for this event and help us to make the 2016 UCTM Conference the best one yet.
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