November 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm 1 comment

I flew back from AMATYC yesterday, and boy are my arms tired! (Sorry!) I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on this great conference.

First, I am buoyed by the overall spirit of the dedicated instructors in attendance. The prevailing attitude was that of instructors trying to do all they can to improve instruction and success at the 2-year math level. My biggest regret was missing sessions with the Innovative Teaching & Learning Committee. Next time I will not set up conflicting meetings/sessions.

There were two sessions that I particularly enjoyed. Dan Petrak from Des Moines, Iowa gave a great talk on emerging technologies and how they can be used in our math classes. I’d highly recommend following Dan on Twitter: @dgpetrak. I’ll be sharing some of his suggestions in my Friday technology blogs.

Mark Colgan from Taylor University gave a great workshop entitled “Ten Cooperative Learning Techniques for Building Classroom Communities”. There were many practical suggestions for incorporating cooperative techniques and assignments into math classrooms. You know that I am a big believer in creating a community of learners, and I found myself nodding my head and smiling during the entire workshop. I will be sharing some of the strategies in my Thursday Community of Learners blogs.

My workshops on Study Skills at AMATYC & at Bunker Hill Community College went really well. The attendees at both sessions seemed to be outstanding instructors who are truly interested in their students’ success. I will be sharing some of the new study skills activities that were created in the AMATYC workshop starting in tomorrow’s Math Study Skills blog.

Next year AMATYC will be in Austin, Texas. I can’t wait. If anyone is going and would like to discuss working together on a presentation, let me know.



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