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2011 Annual Meeting Webcasts

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.

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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?
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  • 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.



  • The Common Core: Were Do We Go from Here?
    William McCallum, Zalman Usiskin
    Session #505

    The grades K-12 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM)have now been adopted in more than forty states and territories. This session will present two perspectives that states, supervisors, teacher leaders, teachers, and policy makers should consider in the interpretation, implementation, and assessment phases of the CCSSM.

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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.

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