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Northwest Math Conference 2015

October 12, 2015

Part of being a professional is remaining sharp in your craft. For teachers, connecting and learning with other education professionals is an essential part of remaining on the top of your game. For many of us we do this by attending and/or presenting at teachers conferences.

Mathematics education is often bears the brunt of criticism and skepticism in the popular press. The latest trends and research in mathematics learning are often seen as irrelevant in the light of centuries of tradition in teaching mathematics as people speak out about the “new math.” I would still maintain the goals of mathematics remain the same and the current trends towards building higher order thinking, understanding concepts and developing computational fluency were the same goals of the “old math” even if the means of achieving these goals have been influenced by research in teaching and learning.

My goal for this post is not to argue which pedagogical methods are most effective but to focus on the benefits of having approximately 1000 mathematics educators in the same place to discuss their professional practice. As teachers descend on Whistler to attend the Northwest Mathematics Conference they will all be examining their own practice and how to improve as professionals. How can this not improve the education system in British Columbia, Washington and other neighbouring provinces and states.

I would like to extend my thanks to the many speakers and attendees before I have a chance to meet you. I know it will be a great conference and I am looking forward to it.

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