> I agree that there *are* good sessions. I've been to a few. A very few. And the >ratio of good to bad sessions that I've attended is disturbingly low. >The fact is that they're hard to find. (And generic titles is one >reason. When three sessions have the same basic title, how do you know >which one to attend?)
I agree with you, Michelle. I went to the conference in Boston. I think I only stayed for the sessions I had tickets. The others, with their broad titles, ended up to be something I was not interested in. I spent most of my time at the booths. It's not that the booths were more informative, I would have rather been in sessions, but if you left one it was difficult to find another that wasn't already closed. I feel like I wasted a lot of time. I could have received the same benefit by attending only one day.
Sunday was a real waste of time. I chose two sessions to attend. One was canceled, the other was no where to be found. From what I could see, unless you were attending a ticketed session, you might end up with a one-on-one tutorial. I hope NCTM doesn't do Sundays again. I didn't mind the all day Saturday, though.
About the extremely long lead time, I find it rather frustrating as well. I am an author, too. I would like to be able to talk about the information I uncovered while researching. I always end up with too much information to fit in a book and would like to pass it on to teachers. If I submit a proposal now on the topic I am currently researching, that information will be cold by April of 1997 (since I am too late for the 1996 convention). I'm not saying it would be out of date (though, it might), but *I* will be cold. By then I will have moved on to something else and the information I was going to share would not be in the forefront of my mind.