NCTM14 -> New members?

NCTM 2014 left me ON FIRE. (Almost literally, it was so hot walking around on Saturday.) But seriously, it left me hungry for more: more PrBL in my classroom, more student conversations, more teacher online collaboration, more ed conversations, more all of it.

One conversation that I am glad to see continuing is the one centered around getting younger teachers in the classroom to participate in NCTM. An NCTM rep said the average member of NCTM is 57. Whether or not that statistic is true, here is what I’m interested in exploring from that conversation.

A lot of young teachers I personally tried to cajole/blackmail/etc into coming to NCTM wanted to come, but couldn’t find the $$$. So, how can we make that more accessible to them? Give a “new teacher” discount” a la student discount (how do you define/prove “new teacher”)? Give a first-time attender discount? Give scholarships? A quick look at the NCTM page gave this single conference scholarship for first-time attenders as well as a similar one for prospective teachers. There’s also some other grants and scholarships but most of them have a requirement that you have to have been teaching for at least 3 years (which disqualifies me until next year). What if MTBoS banded together to come up with a scholarship or 2? I’d be willing to chip in a few bucks.

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3 comments

  1. As a first time attendee, I was also energized, and frustrated with the lack of younger membership and participation at NCTM when it clearly has so much to offer. That said, I think back to Dan Meyer’s point at the start of his talk (you were there, right?) about whether the conference would exist in a few years as we gain the capability to do that over the internet for next to no cost and with more accessibility. I think that might be the direction I’m heading — GlobalMathDepartment, twitter chats, etc.

    1. I was there! I agree that the internet has a lot to offer in terms of instant feedback, but even still people on the internet need and want long-term personal mentorships. This happens best in person. What I valued most about NCTM this year was being able to meet a lot of the people whose blogs I study, which gave me the personal connection I needed to be able to actually have a real conversation with them. Not to say that they wouldn’t have been extremely nice and helpful before, but interacting with someone in person automatically brings an interaction to a completely different level, imo.

  2. Thanks for starting this conversation. I plan to share your ideas via my blog and next year’s delegate assembly in Boston NCTM. I hope you can make that one.

Learning is having new questions to ask (thanks, Chris Danielson).

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