Personal, professional and financial aspects of my life have come to a rare convergence which will allow me to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual conference this April in Washington D.C. This is the first time that I've had the opportunity to attend a conference like this. I've registered, arranged transportation and lodging, double checked my passport and I'm almost ready to go... just a few more steps.
Step 1 - Math Convention Carry
Packing my pencil case is something I put far too much thought into. This is what I currently have packed.
Step 2 - Pick Out Too Many Sessions
On my first pass through the list of sessions, I just pick out all the sessions that I'd like to attend. It turns out, there are a lot of sessions that I would really like to attend. Now to make some hard choices.
Step 3 - Fine Tune My List of Sessions
Step 4 - Listen to Good Advice
Speaking of advice, I was talking to a colleague yesterday about the NCTM conference. She said to not run from session to session for the whole conference. She said to slow down and talk to people. The networking and discussions between sessions can be very valuable. Returning with a few really good ideas can be better than returning with dozens that get lost in the shuffle.
If you have any good advice from a first time NCTM conference attender, please let me know. I'm moving right along and perhaps I'll see you there!