Let me preface this post that there is no way I can
accurately express just how AWESOME Twitter Math Camp 2012 (#TMC12) was. Once I
got back to my parents Sunday night, Jason and I spent an hour talking with my
parents sharing the moments from TMC12. (It was totally lost on them, I think.)
I am still trying to figure out how to distill into 1-2 minutes my experience
and am struggling mightily. Of course, some of that may have to do with my lack
of sleep at the moment.

Quite simply, TMC12 was the most rich professional
development experience I have ever taken part in. (And no, I’m not biased here
just because I was part of the organizational team.) 37 of some of the nation’s
best (math) teachers gathered at MICDS in St. Louis for 3 ½ days of working on
Exeter Math Problem Sets and sharing with each other. (Here’s the program) We
had incredible presentations on a variety of topics. We shared many of our
favorite teaching related things – so much so that we adjusted the schedule and
scrapped the problem working session on Sunday morning for an hour and a half
of additional my favorite things to share.

And we talked. Oh, did we talk. Conversations were happening
pretty much the entire time we were together. Yes, there was a lot of education
and math related conversations going on. But we also shared about ourselves,
our families, our passions outside of teaching. You see, the point of TMC12 was
to meet in person. Yes, we wanted to work the Exeter Problems in person and
share teaching ideas and strategies. But for some of us, we have been tweeting
and blogging in community for 3 or more years and we’ve not only shared our
highs and lows in our classrooms, we’ve shared parts of our lives. We are
friends, whether or not we have met in person. Which means, of course, you want
to

*see*your friends. Experience things with them. Make new ones. And we did all that.
I’m sure that some of the things that we did both in and out
of our “official” TMC12 sessions will come out in the coming days. In fact, I
am counting on people blogging about it. There were some wonderful ideas shared
in the “My Favorite…” sessions that many people expressed interest in seeing
blogged. My husband Jason (who was at TMC12 as staff) said that the two most
common things he heard were “Blog about that” and “I need to charge my
phone”/”I need an iPhone charger”/”I NEED AN OUTLET!!!!”(“Can anyone reach that
one on the ceiling?”). I will compile the blog posts here. You’re on your own
for charging your phone.

__Recaps:__
Mike Mathews

Mike Seiler

Elizabeth Statmore

Kate Nowak (at the beginning)

Rachel Kernodle

Sean Sweeney

Julie Reulbach

Shelli Temple

Max Ray

Marsha Foshee

Jami Packer

Hedge

Sarah Bratt

Glenn Waddell

Roxanne Mah

Jamie Rykse

Megan Hayes-Golding

Sam Shah

Mike Seiler

Elizabeth Statmore

Kate Nowak (at the beginning)

Rachel Kernodle

Sean Sweeney

Julie Reulbach

Shelli Temple

Max Ray

Marsha Foshee

Jami Packer

Hedge

Sarah Bratt

Glenn Waddell

Roxanne Mah

Jamie Rykse

__Nominations for Edublogawards:__Megan Hayes-Golding

Sam Shah

__Sessions/My Favorites:__
Anthony Rossetti - Socrative (adding to what Colin MacLeod shared)

Hedge - Marshmallow Guns

David Petersen - Factoring Cubics Mnemonic

Elizabeth Statmore - Day 1 Exeter Problems Reflections

Elissa Miller - Exeter Problems Reflections

Elizabeth Statmore - Drive Presentation

David Petersen - Matrix Multiplication

James Cleveland - Totally Radical game

David Petersen - Matrix Multiplication

James Cleveland - Totally Radical game

Sarah Bratt - Subtracting Integers

Max Ray - Looking at Student Work

Elissa Miller - Reflections on Problem Solving and Drive Sessions

Sam Shah - Welcome to the Mathtwitterblogosphere

Glenn Waddell - A visual representation of imaginary solutions

Bowman Dickson - Getting Started with GeoGebra

Bowman Dickson - MATH Whiteboarding

Max Ray - Looking at Student Work

Elissa Miller - Reflections on Problem Solving and Drive Sessions

Sam Shah - Welcome to the Mathtwitterblogosphere

Glenn Waddell - A visual representation of imaginary solutions

Bowman Dickson - Getting Started with GeoGebra

Bowman Dickson - MATH Whiteboarding

## 3 comments:

That picture is the best thing in the world.

good post to go with the good photo. very telling. it's wonderful to hear it went well and that the connections made online have become richer and deeper.

if only Australia wasn't so far away...

Someday someone will give us a million dollars and TMC will be on a real cruise and people from all over the world will come and we'll get to meet math teachers from Australia and everywhere.

And Lisa will have color-coded folders with directions translated into every language, highlighted maps of the ship, and tickets prepaid and sorted into folders for special events. #justsayin

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