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Led a 90 minute workshop on creating an online support community with fresh Math for America teachers who were about to enter their own classroom for the first time. I did this the previous summer too — but I changed the content quite a bit this time. (The slides from this workshop are here.) [July 29, 2013]

Attended the second year of Twitter Math Camp conference (July 25-28, 2013). At this conference I had three leadership roles. First, I (with another teacher) led a group of about a dozen precalculus teachers in a couple two hour sessions with a discussion of the connections among precalculus topics, followed by an exercise where we grouped up and picked a challenging topic to teach, and created something to help teachers teach that topic. (My group talked about inverse trig functions, and we came up with this.) Second, I organized a session titled “Breaking Out of Ourselves” around how our online community can move outside of “just us” and become known and useful to others. Third, I served on a panel about how we organize our digital lives. I recapped what I felt was the true meaning of this conference here on my blog.

Participated in a blogging professional development group at school (various times during the 2012-2013 school year).

Regularly observed the classes of a variety of math teachers in the Upper School math department (various times during the 2012-2013 school year).

Attended the Museum of Math’s Teacher Preview Evening [December 14, 2012].

Attended evening lectures sponsored by the Museum of Math (went with students and a teacher colleague): ABC easy as 123: Communication as a Game of Numbers [March 7, 2012], Shape Transformers: Forms that Fold Two Ways [May 2, 2012], Doing Math In Public [December 5, 2012] 

Led a 90 minute workshop on creating an online support community with fresh Math for America teachers who were about to enter their own classroom for the first time. (The slides from the workshop are here.) [July 31, 2012]

Attended the inaugural conference of Twitter Math Camp (July 19-22, 2012); created and updated website for the conference; led a workshop at the conference titled “Welcome to the Dark Side” asking participants to reflect on the culture and benefits of having an online community of math teachers, as well as the barriers to participating in this community when starting out (slides and workshop information archived here). The workshop was used to generate ideas for a website I created to facilitate participation with the online math teacher community.

Participated in a peer observation group at school, where we regularly visited each others’s classrooms and performed different forms of observations, and watched and analyzed videos of us teaching (various times during the 2011-2012 school year).

Attended EdCampNYC, an unconference for teachers to talk about education, held at The School at Columbia University (October 1, 2011)

Attended, for a second summer, the three week Secondary School Teacher’s Program at Park City Math Institute, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study (July 3-July 23, 2011).

Attended the Klingenstein Summer Institute (June 17-30, 2011), an intensive two-week program held at the Lawrenceville School (NJ) focused on making independent school teachers effective leaders inside and outside the classroom.

Attended Dr. Paul Zeitz’s lecture titled “The BS Graph and Other Hidden Images” at Stuyvesant High School (June 6, 2011)

Attended evening lectures sponsored by the Museum of Math (went with students and a teacher colleague): Soap Bubbles and Mathematics: The Amazing Shape of Minimal Surfaces [June 8, 2011], The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos [May 4, 2011], Symmetry, Art, and Illusion: Amazing Symmetrical Patterns in Music, Drawing, and Dance [April 7, 2011], The Geometry of Origami, from Science to Sculpture [March 4, 2011]

Attended the three day Teaching Contemporary Mathematics conference in Durham, NC (January 21-22, 2011)

Attended the three week Secondary School Teacher’s Program at Park City Math Institute, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study (June 27-July 17, 2010). Presented a “5 minute short” on the benefits of blogs and twitter to teachers. (See here and here.)

Planned and led a session called “Everyone’s doing it!: Cheating, plagiarism, and our response” at the Conference on the Role of College and the College Admissions Process in Independent Schools (June 15, 2010) at Horace Mann, with Susan Feibelman (Packer’s head of the upper school), Alice Lurain (Packer teacher) and Harry Bauld (Horace Mann’s English department chair) [our workshop plan]

Organized and helped lead a group of 4 math and 2 science teachers to discuss how to teach problem solving in the classroom [we had six 2.5 hour sessions] (2009-2010).

Attended the three day National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Boston Regional Conference (October 22-23, 2009)

Attended the weeklong Anja S. Greer Conference on Secondary School Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Exeter (June 21-26, 2009)

Participated in the three day Faculty Computer Institute at Packer (June 2009), where teachers and the technology department work together on individual projects. This digital portfolio was my major individual project.

Organized and helped lead a group of 2 math and 2 science teachers to discuss how to align the math and science departments’ curricula [we had six 2.5 hour sessions] (2008-2009). Our presentation is on this page, and our recommendations are here.

Participated in the two week Collegiate Summer Teaching Institute in Manhattan, NY (June 15-28, 2008), an intensive two-week program designed for new teachers in independent schools. (Click here for more information about my experience and a photo of the participants.)

Attended the “new faculty” Professional Development Group at Packer (2007-2008) [Gave a presentation and led a discussion in December 2007 on Teaching, Presenting, and Smartboards.]

Attended the three day Teaching Contemporary Mathematics conference in Durham, NC (January 25-26, 2008)

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