Math Rock Stars in the Big Easy

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

I am in math paradise–the NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, LA.  I presented my Quick Daily Routines for Building Number Sense first thing this morning, and I was pleasantly surprised that the 8:00 AM start time and the long trek to the far end of the convention center didn’t deter folks from coming to my session.  So great to meet lots of talented, dedicated math teachers and enjoy learning together.  We talked about rekenreks, number bracelets, Shake and Spill, and games for making 10.  I was duly corrected for calling a 10-sided “polyhedral randomizer” a number “cube”.  Oops!

After finishing my session, it was a quick trip across the street to change into comfy clothes for the rest of the day.  And what a day!!  First up was a session with Laney Sammons (of Guided Math fame) on math conferences.  I’m a huge fan and I’ve been reading her new book, so it was such a pleasure to meet her.  And I can tell you she is warm and wonderful in person.

My next session was with another of my math heros, Sherry Parrish, author of Number Talks.  She and co-presentor, Ann Dominick, were presenting on using number talks for developing fractional reasoning.  Which got me to wondering if a number talk book on fractions is forthcoming.  And the answer is YES!!  How exciting is that?  No specifics, but it’s in the works.

Lest you think I’m not enjoying the sights and sounds of NOLA, as soon as I hit publish on this post I’m heading out to enjoy the French Quarter Festival.  More on-the-spot reporting tomorrow. 🙂



    • Donna Boucher

      Great learning, Tara, and awesome to meet some of my math heros! Looking forward to Day 2!

  1. Darleen Dufour

    OMG! I live right outside of New Orleans! I would have LOVED to meet you! I am so glad you had a fantastic time…the weather for the French Quarter Festival was beautiful! I hope you were able to enjoy our awesome food and music!
    Third Grade Love


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