This was on an older, now deleted, blog of mine. Causing Trouble at TI Workshop reminded me about it. Someone might enjoy it…
Loitering at NCTM
Last week I spent my spring break loitering at the math teachers conference in Anaheim. I learned so much it’s been hard to contain it all. Here are some of my observations:.
I learned that no-one checks your badge to see if it’s counterfeit.
If you stay at the hotels, the daily parking is $16 where if you only drive in for the day it is $8. And if you park in Garden Grove and walk, it’s free. I would think the nightly hotel bill of $160 would offset some of the parking expenses.
I was pleasantly surprised when the parking attendant remembered me from my visit two days earlier.
If you buy a hot dog and soda at the Anaheim Convention center it costs $9.50. I would think the $180 registration fee would offset some of the hot dog expenses.
I learned that $180 is actually inexpensive for a conference of this size and that the many vendors probably made up the difference.
You can get a lot of free stuff from vendors who want you to spend your school’s money on a lot of expensive stuff.
There are schools that can’t afford the expensive stuff so their teachers spend their own money on less effective substitutes.
I learned that far too many teachers spend their own money on less effective substitutes.
A cheerleading competition was scheduled next door. (I assume it was to cheer on the math teachers.)
People came as far as Australia. (To the math convention. I don’t know about the cheerleading one.)
I met a principal that wants me to move to New Mexico. (I assume it was to teach there.)
I met a teacher from Compton, California that doesn’t think merit pay based on student performance is fair when she has Algebra classes with 40 plus at-risk students while other districts have more motivated classes of thirty students or less.
She told me that she is considering quitting.
I met a surprisingly large number of people who were looking for the boat show. (They must have walked in from Garden Grove and didn’t see the directions.)
I discovered there is free wireless available on the second floor of the Anaheim Convention Center but not anywhere else.
I did learn some math teacher stuff but won’t bore you with the details…