Monday, August 21, 2017

#TCM17 by Jennifer Brackney

I was able to attend Twitter Math Camp 2017 through the financial support of MCTM and the Karen Longhart Memorial Scholarship.   

Montana Stars: Jennifer Brackney, Tony Riehl, and Kerry Gruizenga
Twitter Math Camp is awesome professional development that happens each July. This year’s conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, July 27th-30th. During this three day meeting, 200 of the countries most innovative and passionate teachers gather to share their best ideas with one another. Over the three days, educators participate in an intensive 6 hour training in a topic of their choice, as well as 1 hour sectionals, 30 minute sectionals, discussion groups, 10 minute “My Favorite” presentations as well as a whole group keynote presentations each day that address broad topics in mathematics education. There are also lots of social opportunities to get to know teachers from across the country including TMC Trivia Night hosted by the Montana delegation.

The difference between TMC and most PD offered is the ongoing learning and conversations throughout the year through Twitter and the hashtags #TMC17, #MTBos and #iteachmath and well as the relationships that are built during the conference. This was the second TMC that I have attended and I hope to continue to be able to attend each summer as I always come home with lots of new ideas to try in my classroom. If you are interested in attending with me next year, let me know - @jwbrackney on Twitter. TMC18 will be happening in Cleveland, Ohio, July 19-22. Registration usually opens in February with presenters getting first priority.