Yikes! Over 5 months since I’ve posted! That’s okay. Thanks to Carl Oliver I’m learning to #PressSend.
This year at Twitter Math Camp, I decided to go to David Butler and Megan Schmidt‘s morning session, Math Yarns. I love to knit, but didn’t know how to crochet. It was a rocky start, but by the end I felt confident enough that I was able to teach a colleague. Our group made some amazing stuff:
— Malke Rosenfeld (@mathinyourfeet) July 29, 2017
We had a great session! My favorite part was that busy hands tend to quiet the mind and allow for easy conversation. At least, they do for me. They calm the anxious or self-censoring feeling I may have around a group of new people. The discussions that popped up ran the gamut from silly to serious. It was great.
I want to bring that feeling of ease and play back to this school year, offering electives from Crochet Coral Reef to Math on a Stick and more. I’ve decided the best way to accomplish this at my school is probably to just appear in the courtyard with materials at lunch rather than advertise and require students to come to a classroom or call it a club.
We had a very interesting conversation around why we each chose that session. As my school goes through a transition with some construction, our wise administrators have encouraged us to allow ourselves to not take on too many new things. I think of it as a de-clutter of my teaching life. I liked the idea of learning a new skill and creating something that wouldn’t overwhelm me with the negotiations of how to seamlessly integrate it into my teaching practice. I had great afternoon sessions and left the conference feeling like I got plenty of good nuggets without feeling overwhelmed.
It was a great time! Feeling invigorated for the ’17-’18 school year. Thanks #TMC17 and always thanks to @PiSpeak for bringing me!