This year the annual OAME Math conference for Ontario Math teachers was held in my hometown, Ottawa, at the University of Ottawa campus. I missed the road trip with my teacher buds and I missed staying in the dorms. Being in my own town meant I felt like I had to still do my regular life obligations in the evenings. Next year it will be held in Oshawa May 7-8 and while there are no Saturday workshops I think we should all stay over Friday night and go have breakfast together Saturday morning before driving home.
This year’s conference had great featured speakers. All of the sessions I attended were great and gave me food for thought, new strategies and new tools to try. And best of all I got to meet for the first time & get to know better some of the fine folks that I follow in the #MTBoS (blog & Twitter world). That’s always special.
So I thought I would compile the sketchnotes I made for each of the sessions I attended below:
Vera Sarina: Measurement Formula Sheets
I also learned during the session that we are now allowed to give my grade 9 students a formula sheet of our own making for the EQAO exam (so long as it does not contain instructional material). Love that!
Nat Banting: Instigating Mathematical Action
I met Nat briefly at last year’s OAME conference. This was my first time hearing him speak and is he ever an engaging presenter! And so much application of his ideas to my Thinking Classroom routine that I’ll be putting into place.
Cal Armstrong: Streamlining Observations & Conversations
Cal is another teacher I follow on Twitter so really great to finally attend one of his sessions. Love his shout out to Learning In The Loo also!
Tom Steinke: Notes in a Thinking Classroom
I’ve followed Tom and his dedication to the Thinking Classroom framework for a while on Twitter. His workshop title was very close to mine so I was curious to see his ideas on the topic.
Heather Theijsmeijer: Capturing the Math Beyond Traditional Assessment
Can’t remember whether or not I’ve attended one of Heather’s sessions before, but she’s another Twitter friend that I was lucky to see in action this week.
Sam Shah & Mattie Baker: Teacher Voice
Two big names in the teacher community that I was fangirling over. They prefaced their talk by saying they were not used to such a large audience and they were really awkward. Except they were anything but. They were heartfelt, passionate & polished speakers with a lot of humour. Two things of note. One, they had every person in the room crying when they showed a well-timed emotional video after a particularly personal anecdote (see below for link to the video). Two, they got a standing ovation. STANDING OVATION AT A MATH CONFERENCE, people. That just doesn’t happen.
Just ignore my grammatical error in that tweet. 😲
Tracy Zager: Student Thinking
A heavyweight in the #MTBoS world. My first time hearing her speak. Very engaging! Check the sketchnote for a couple of books she strongly recommended being worth the read.
Carl Oliver: Making Connections
Speaking on a topic I love, a great chance to meet & listen to another MTBoS teacher I’ve followed online for a while.
Jennifer Wilson: Reflecting, Connecting, Communicating
Mary Bourassa: Desmos Activities
Saturday was filled with Desmos sessions. Mary, a teacher from my board, presented on Desmos Activities and I paired up with a colleague of mine that was unfamiliar with them. He was so excited to get to play with it as a student and really saw the power of this tool in Mary’s session. Mary was also one of the main folks on the organizing team for the conference (I do not know how she does it all!).
Marieta Angjeli: Project-based learning
Not captured in the sketchnote were the plethora of examples of student projects she shared with us.
Eli Luberoff: Breaking Down Barriers with Technology
Eli is the CEO of Desmos. He was the final feature speaker. He gave a great talk that while using Desmos & talking about Desmos, wasn’t only about Desmos. Really great to hear him speak after following him online for so long. Also, my colleague that was attending his first OAME conference told me he sat beside Eli in a previous session & chatted with him all the while having no idea he was talking to the CEO of Desmos – and he commented on Eli’s friendliness & generosity.
Laura Wheeler (ME!): Course Packs for the Thinking Classroom
I had about 75 or more folks in my session on Saturday. We spent our time discussing course packs for student notes in a Thinking Classroom framework. Thanks to everyone who joined me!
Looking forward to the 2020 conference, friends!
– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)