And One Time at Math Camp… #TMC17

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Each year after I leave TMC, I ponder and am always amazed as I realize the theme that ran through our few days together…the similar ideas shared within sessions / key notes / conversations.

connections, relationships, community

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When Mary tweeted this – I immediately wanted to make a poster of Annie’s statement.

But then I thought, TMC is about the relationships, but others think TMC is about math.

Then this convo happened last night / this morning about a weekly blogging initiative…

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And @druinok’s last statement – building connections.

In my morning session, #cheezyexeter – I was finally able to experience talking points for what they are.  A structure / routine that creates a space for each student a turn to talk without fear of judgement or interruption as we used NO COMMENT.  With the 3 rounds and each person talking, I was afforded the opportunity to LISTEN, not worrying about jumping in, but knowing my turn would come.  Creating a safe space to talk and listen.

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I was challenged by @graceachen’s keynote.  The moment she shared her question to her grandmother – What did you want to be when you grew up?  And her response, Full.  And I knew I had never shared those same experiences.  Her impression left me to ponder more about stereotypes and their origins so I might have better understanding and genuine compassion.

I have cried many times feeling I was not good enough to share – thinking I am the one seen as privileged and there were moments I felt guilty.   I have never walked in many experiences of my students – so what gives me the right to share?   What gives me the right to be in a classroom?  I am grateful for what experiences my parents provided me and the life lessons they instilled.  I should never feel guilty for what they’ve given me.  But I am challenged to create a small space in my classroom of what I want to see in the world.

I am grateful for my friends of MTBoS of whatever you wish to call it – because it has tried my beliefs, tested my faith and helped me realize – I am who I am.  You are who you are.  My experiences have lended to who I have become.

I have never walked through the experiences @veganmathbeagle has so openly shared.  But other experiences in my own life – I have learned – we can never judge because her journey could have just as easily been mine. I am in awe of her vulnerability, so much courage.   I will print this as a daily reminder for my desk…

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To me, MTBoS is just another way to connect – Tweeting and/or blogging have given us a vehicle with which we can connect over the math – but the rich conversations that follow allow us to build the relationships that sustain…

And how we can take an idea shared, and make it our own…

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This quote from @math8_teach’s  afternoon session… I want to hold on to…
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What I love most about TMC – we are all different, so many varying beliefs, abilities, experiences, but the same.

I appreciate @algebrasfriend’s statement – its not a clique, they’re just friends.  So true.  These people have become my friends.  And though I may squeal with excitement and a big hug to follow, I look forward to our conversations and new friendships becoming the same.

And finally, one of my favorites from my friend @mathymeg07 and Auggie in Wonder #choosekind .

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