Watch Two Talks from ShadowCon

May 12th, 2015

If you missed the excitement and buzz of ShadowCon — the alternative, teacher-led mini-conference during NCTM — here is your chance to revisit all of the speeches and calls to action. We are excited to post one speech here from one of our own authors, Elham Kazemi, who, along with Allison Hintz, wrote Intentional Talk. The second speech is by Laila Nur, who encourages math teachers to bring humor into their classroooms. You can find out more about ShadowCon and see how other teachers are implementing the calls to action on their website.

Elham Kazemi

Call to Action from Elham:

My call to action is for you to make collective learning opportunities happen by doing the following:

  • Find two teacher friends or more (over time, your principal would be a strategic bonus). Take something you want to try from this conference, from a book, from the math twitter blogosphere. But don’t try it out alone. Explain the idea of owning the lesson together and set some norms for collaboration and risk taking.
  • Plan together and identify some questions you have about your students. Then teach together, while you sit among your students. Call teacher time outs during the lesson that let you pursue ideas, shift direction, or experiment with a next good question.
  • Share back with us what you tried and what you learned from this new way of making practice public and learning together.

Laila Nur

Call to Action from Laila:

Incorporate mathematical and/or educational humor into your class at least once a week for the next four weeks (or longer). Then:

  • Describe how you implemented humor into your lesson/class time.
  • How comfortable did you feel during implementation?
  • Take note of changes in students’ behavior and attitude over time. How did students respond?
  • Do students seem more confident or comfortable speaking in front of a group?

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