To the new readers, let me give you a quick highlight reel of my life online:
- Set up a blog & twitter one year ago;
- Gained some small notoriety needling Dan Meyer with this Doggie Bandana;
- Gained some more small notoriety by teaching a lesson about mixing alcohol (Booze Clues) and getting busted doing it;
- And aside from hating on fractals, tessellations, and Pi Day, my biggest claim to fame are my strong beliefs about standards-based grading.
I have some thoughts on this weekend's MCTM conference that I'd like to share.
First of all, holy smokes there were a lot of flipped classroom sessions. I mean a LOT. I don't know what that says about us as a community but it truthfully makes me a little queasy. I know it's tough balancing individual needs with a shared learning experience, but it scares me that so many have completed flipped. I'm hoping we find that equilibrium in a more "blended" classroom, but until these pioneers have recognized and fettered the pitfalls I'm not going to jump in.
Second, I love it when someone has something randomly cool to share. Bryan Freyberg had a really fun session asking this question of the 1969 selective service military draft: was it truly fair? A broad question with many avenues of attack that truly had a huge effect on people's lives. He also taught me Benford's Law. How is it that this was my first exposure to it at age 34? Big thanks to Bryan for a really fun session.
Third, it's really cool to see experts in the field be awesome. I was lucky enough to get to buy Christopher Danielson a beer on Friday night. My friends were worried he'd be super-weird and it would be awkward, but we had some really nice conversation. Impressive guy.
I thought the Oreo session (Are they really doubly stuffed?) was a lot of fun. I have a working hypothesis that a unit of stuf in the regular Oreo is not equal to that of the golden Oreo. But I have to think about that a little more to be sure. He could have a whole blog just on Oreos.
Another cool thing I picked up from him is this fist to five thing. A cool way to measure class confidence quickly without even talking about the answers yet. I suppose I've used variances of it throughout my life but this version could work well in many situations.
Last thing: unless I'm on a panel, I'm retiring from SBG presentations. That's my declaration to you. I need some new material. And I think booze math could be perfect. You think MCTM would allow me to have volunteers consume tequila on stage in the name of mathematics?