> Not all the talks are about "pedagogical approaches." Often, it is > teachers talking about what they do in their classrooms, authors talking > about their books, and occasionally (*too* rare for my taste) talks on > some interesting mathematics that is unfamiliar to most of the particiapants > but accessible to students. (I saw a great talk on the Mathematics of Meanders > at the Chicago NCTM regional.)
Michelle, I share your taste for "interesting math that is unfamiliar to most of the participants but accessible to students..." Not being in "academia", and in a basic math adult education classroom, I hunger for such topics. For example, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Norman Lott Webb speak on "Fuzzy Logic, Assessment, and the Next Seventy-five Years." I'd never heard of "Fuzzy Logic" and it was fascinating to hear of this relatively new field of algebra set theory (30 years) that is used more outside this country (particularly in Japanese electronic control industry) than in the United States.
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