Above is video I recorded of one of the more interesting NCTM Regional Conference sessions I attended in which the presenter demonstrates an “unorthodox” way to help Algebra students remember the FOIL method. Please forgive the lack of quality filming, this was video from my cell phone! I have been so busy, it has been very difficult for me to find time to blog about everything I have going on, but I take lots of photos so I don’t forget to catch up! I ended 2010 at work with some really great PD. First, November brought the Regional NCTM conference to New Orleans. I attended sessions on patty paper constructions, measurements and much more. I may be lucky enough to attend the National Conference again this year, but I will definitely try not to miss at least one regional conference a year. Nevertheless, nothing is like the national conference in April and every chance I get, I’m going! It’s not too late to register:
In December, I attended the yearly conference of the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LaCUE) in Baton Rouge. For a state specialty conference, it was HUGE!! There, I conducted a hands-on workshop on Geogebra and a “poster session” on blogging for teachers. The best part of this conference was meeting and talking with other educators who enjoy using technology as much as I do! Above, you see the diva-licious badge of Paula Naugle. She is a local elementary school teacher/ Twitter superstar with over 2,000 followers who won Educator of the Year for our region. I also had the opportunity to meet with and be insprired by the keynote speaker, Vicki Davis of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and founder of the Flat Classrooms project. You will see some of my favorite slides from her presentation in the gallery above. When I learned that she has only been teaching for 9 years and blogging for 5, and is now traveling around the country (and the world!) as a respected presenter and consultant, I realized that the sky is the limit if you are willing to commit to doing great work on a consistent basis. I am re-dedicating myself to a New Year free of missed opportunities! I would like to start by attending the International Society for Technology in Education Conference (ISTE) in Philadelphia to meet even more tech-savvy educators who are using 21st century tools to invigorate their lessons. Maybe I’ll meet you!
Happy Holidays and best wishes for the new year from blanchetBlog. Let’s make it one to remember!