8 participants from the 2017 Mathematics TEU program at Brown University had the chance to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual meeting in Washington D.C. in April. While there, they were honored to be able to meet with Robert Q. Berry III, the incoming NCTM President. One of our participants writes:
"When we first walked into the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 2018 NCTM Annual Meeting we were shocked to be surrounded by thousands of math educators who were excited about teaching and mathematics just like us. We started out our first day by attending Matt Larson’s, the NCTM president at the time, opening address on the new NCTM book Catalyzing Change. He discussed powerful changes that need to happen in the U.S. education system to make it more equitable. Afterwards we split up to go to a couple of different sessions where we did activities that included working on algebra problems in real world contexts, learning how to include lessons on gerrymandering in geometry classes, and programming calculators to better understand mathematical concepts.
"After an exhausting first day we were still enthusiastic to meet with the incoming NCTM president, Robert Berry, the next morning. We were able to discuss his vision for NCTM and what he wants to focus on during his term as president. He stressed to us the importance of including young teachers in NCTM and the changes he hopes to make to include new and pre-service teachers. After the inspiring morning meeting, we broke off to go to more sessions focusing on topics such as social justice in the math classroom and looking at the algebra behind simple games. We rounded out our last day by attending Ignite!, a huge, fun event where speakers had five minutes to give a talk with slides automatically advancing every fifteen seconds. The room was filled with energy, and the excitement was palpable as we laughed and clapped along with everyone else. The next morning we had a heartfelt goodbye. It had been so wonderful to be able to meet up with many of the people we had grown close to over the summer. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to reunite, to learn, and to make so many wonderful new connections. Being at the NCTM annual meeting was an unforgettable and invaluable experience."
-Maddie Martin, Mathematics 2017 TEU