Saturday, December 2, 2017

My Asilomar 2017 Presentation & Reflection

This morning, at 8 am (the first time slot session), I presented at a math conference for the first time. It happened to be at CMC North, which I had only attended once before nearly 4 or 5 years ago.

I was glad to be the first time slot. That way I wouldn't see other people's presentations first and feel inadequate. Haha.

I will be following up this blog post with a review of all the sessions I attended. Right now I need to publicly reflect on the day and how the session went.

It all started with getting over to the dining hall in the morning. It opens at 7 AM, and not a minute earlier, I assure you... To kill some time I bought a coffee the social hall and saw Suzanne Alejandre who organizes the Ignites and I introduced myself. We had a nice chat.

I scarfed down my food and jumped on the bus to the middle school. I arrived about 15 minutes to 8. Unfortunately, there was only a VGA cord, and I had an HDMI. Luckily, a participant named Marisa was presenting later and she lent me her laptop and dongle to setup my presentation.


I planned on high fiving the participants at the door and have music playing, but that did not happen. I did get to talk to people before hand and met my volunteer, Michael, who is in Jo Boaler's Stanford undergraduate teaching program.

A couple people walked in 5 minutes late, so they missed the estimation, and I had to go back to the instructions for Dyads for the 2 way partner talk about their frustrations with group work and how they establish a positive classroom culture. Then we shared out.

People hadn't heard of Sara Vanderwerf's name tents, so I was glad I got to share that. Also, which one doesn't belong was new to some people. A few people used team roles in their classroom already.

The Hot Potato activity worked out alright, and one person suggested that the group have quiet think time before anyone started writing first. Great idea! Also, some commented about what to do when one person was stuck. I agree that one person should try to find a reason for all four, and I was trying to demonstrate this strategy with an activity I usually use as an individualized warm-up.

I had the study team norms that students and I co-developed printed out on a hand-out so that I could discuss what stood out to me and hopefully what their students would also come up with. It also was a plug for Boaler's YouCubed site which offered the prompts. I also said that Ilana Horn's Strength in Numbers is one of the best books I've ready and they should definitely read it since they were interested in my session.

Sage and Scribe went well. I might re-arrange my slide order to slip in Fish Bowl in between here to break up the action of doing math. A great question was asked: "What if neither student knows the first step to solving an equation?" That reminded me that I strategically partner students so there are no low-low partnerships (ew I hate saying that). Also, if one person doesn't know, they switch roles rather quickly, but then eventually switch back for the next equation. I saw some great conversations. One person had another piece of constructive feedback about it but I forgot.

Everyone LOVED how I used the Google Drive app to take pictures of their work to display on the screen. It shows the 5 practices by selecting, sequencing, and connecting student work. The next time I present this I will have to do some sort of screen cast animation with my phone to show exactly how it's done (is that possible??).

No surprise, they loved the mystery student, or for them, the mystery teacher activity. 16 participants were born in California, and 8 were not so I said stay standing if you were born in California. Then narrowed it down to stay standing if you like oil paintings, and then staying standing if you like to teach Trigonometry. That worked well.

I didn't have time to have everyone respond to the learning log prompt. I did share the tip on printing out quarter sheets of paper that some were already familiar with.

I briefly discussed participation quizzes with a sample from my class earlier this week. I had no time to do the Red Light Green Light activity or share about the Fish Bowl.

I loved getting feedback from participants, but some of the conversations went on too long so I have to be careful about when I ask questions and make sure it's purposeful and doesn't slow me down to the point of not presenting all the material. I may cut out some of the material the next time I present it, which will be at the CPM National Conference in San Francisco. Thanks for reading, and especially anyone who did attend my session! To see around 24 or 25 out of 30 possible seats filled was awesome.

UPDATE: Here's the feedback I got from my sessions, unedited. I am posting it here for transparency and also so I don't have to login to their system to look at it again:
796
Overall Rating
3
796
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
Yes
796
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
Yes
796
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
796
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
796
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
Yes
796
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?
Had way too much material to cover.
797
Overall Rating
5
797
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
Yes
797
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
Yes
797
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
797
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
797
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
Yes
797
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?
Have the volunteer help pass out stuff!
798
Overall Rating
4
798
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
Yes
798
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
Yes
798
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
798
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
798
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
Yes
798
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?
Have more time! I wanted to get to everything but we ran out of time. 
799
Overall Rating
5
799
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
Yes
799
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
Yes
799
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
799
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
799
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
Yes
799
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?

800
Overall Rating
4
800
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
Yes
800
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
Yes
800
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
800
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
800
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
Yes
800
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?
Work on timing or focus on fewer concepts/activities.
801
Overall Rating
4
801
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
Yes
801
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
Yes
801
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
801
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
801
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
Yes
801
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?
Maybe give examples from other grades? But engaging and gave resources, examples. 
802
Overall Rating
4
802
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
Yes
802
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
Yes
802
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
802
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
802
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
Yes
802
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?
Slow down.  I know you had a LOT of good ideas - but let the ideas that you have the time to present foster themselves.  Questions can be asked later.  Good job, though.  
803
Overall Rating
2
803
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
No
803
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
No
803
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
803
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
803
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
No
803
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?
There just weren't many strategies for how to help ELs in understanding some of the language. We only talked about 1 strategy 
804
Overall Rating
4
804
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
Yes
804
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
Yes
804
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
804
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
804
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
Yes
804
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?
I wish we had more time. Perhaps he could be in a slot in the afternoon instead. He had a lot of good strategies I had never been introduced to before
805
Overall Rating
5
805
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
Yes
805
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
Yes
805
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
805
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
805
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
Yes
805
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?

806
Overall Rating
5
806
Was the presentation useful and relevant?
Yes
806
Was your knowledge of the topic enhanced because of this presentation?
Yes
806
Did the presenter speak clearly and presented well?
Yes
806
Did the presenter interact with attendees and encourage interaction among fellow attendees?
Yes
806
Would you attend a presentation by this speaker again in the future?
Yes
806
What could the presenter do to improve their presentation in the future?



Sorry for not posting the presentation on the EduPlus app. It is posted below.