The sessions below will be posted as they become available.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Flatland: The Power and Story of Mathematics
Jeffrey Travis Session #2 - Indianapolis Opening Session Flatland, a classic novel from 1884, is a story about A. Square, an inhabitant of a two-dimensional world who visits other dimensions. Jeffrey Travis, director of the IMAX 3-D movie Flatland: The Movie, shows clips from the movie and discusses the power of storytelling in mathematics and in geometry in particular. Download Presentation Slides (PDF)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The Power and Beauty of Geometry: Reasoning, Constructing and Transforming
Mike Shaughnessy, NCTM President Session #296 - President's Session
Participants join with the presenter in reasoning about some geometry tasks that have proven to be rich sources for promoting students' reasoning and discourse in the classroom. The representations chosen for geometry problems often unveil different aspects of the mathematics and give clues about students' thinking paths.
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Friday, April 15, 2011
No More Leftovers: Making Democracy a Reality in Schools
Cathy Seeley, NCTM Past President Session #416 Iris M. Carl Equity Address Are we producing leftovers—students taught by leftover teachers, using leftover materials, sometimes in leftover schools? We set high expectations but make it okay for some students to fall short. These students face a future in leftover jobs with little chance of breaking the pattern. How can we make democracy a reality in math class and in school? Download Presentation Slides (PDF)
The Department of Education's Priorities
Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education Session #411.5 The nation's number one advocate for education summarizes the Department of Education's priorities and its blueprint for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind), as well as the need for programs like Race to the Top.
Saturday , April 16, 2011
The Art of Geometry
Bathsheba Grossman Session #672 - Closing Session This talk describes the emergence of a geometrical artist and the development, themes, and techniques of the speaker's sculpture, in context with the vital, growing field of mathematical art. Now as never before in history, mathematical education at all levels can lead toward a lifetime of aesthetic appreciation and discovery.