Friday, 10 April 2009
I have been in Swansea, South Wales for four days this week at a conference for maths teachers. Don't laugh! It was a really fantastic time and I feel much more inspired to be a good teacher and try to do new things that help expose the mathematics I am trying to teach and to help children mathematise.
Amazingly, there were four teachers from Nova Scotia at the conference and it turned out that one of them is a girl with whom I went to high school! There was a good mixture of researchers and teachers at the conference and the sessions were run by all types of folks. The sessions were really valuable, but also beneficial were all the meal times and coffee breaks when I talked with people. Since I went on my own, I said hello to anyone who made eye contact with me and ended up meeting lots of interesting people with lots of interesting ideas. All of this really made me want to be a more reflective teacher.
It was my first-ish* time in Wales, and it was interesting to see the bilingual signs. Sometimes the Welsh looked like an anagram of the English. The Welsh have a lovely lilting accent when talking in English, but sometimes is was a bit hard to underatnd what I was being told.
The University was across the road from a beach that looked out over the sea--my first view of the sea in some time. I enjoyed a windy walk along the beach, tugging my suitcase, as I headed to the train station at the end of the conference.
* I have been to Wales once before, but only for an afternoon. It was while my family were travelling in England and my Dad and I stopped in Hay to visit the many bookshops.