National Counsel of Teachers of Mathematics

2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition

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large room with a sign that reads welcome to nctm

In April, seven STEM Education students studying Applied Mathematics and Engineering went to San Francisco for the 2016 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition. Every year, thousands of current and aspiring math teachers gather in one location to hear new ideas and approaches to provide a better math education for all students. Over the course of the week, these students attended at least 10 sessions, explored the NCTM Exhibit Hall and toured San Francisco.


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Planning Session

STEM students discuss which sessions they'd like to attend over the course of the week.

"One of my favorite sessions was focused on how to better engage middle school math students. We learned about ways we can implement games into our lessons as well as how to keep students attentive during independent and group work periods." -Hayley Little


"Motivating the Unmotivated was one of the sessions I attended, where I learned different instructional strategies to encourage students to reach for more!" -Shelby Crawford


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Annual Meeting




After a session called Teaching as a Subversive Activity: Common Core, Social Justice, and Creative Insubordination, Grant Yost responded: "There is a lot of negative vocabulary that tends to float around in teachers’ heads that we don’t even realize is negative, like 'misconceptions' or the fact that all students will absolutely need math to survive in this world. We don’t realize that these words make the students feel responsible for doing something wrong or having an incorrect conception about something."


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Badges and Program pickup


"I learned how to navigate through the rough waters of racism, language learning, and high stakes tests as well as how to develop a growth mindset to unleash students' motivation and self-efficacy." -Tyler Shafer





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NCTM Exhibit Hall




The Exhibit Hall had hundreds of exhibits where you could explore products and services for the classroom. Texas Instruments, Origo Education, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson are just a few of the exhibitors present at the conference.


"I had no idea all of the different software, books, and other resources that are available for teachers. I got so many ideas for how to bring technology into my classroom and I can’t wait to see how math education continues to grow and develop in the future." -Hayley Little

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RobotLAB US Inc.



At the RobotLAB Exhibit, we learned how to program these robots to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers!

" is constantly changing and manipulating the way topics are taught." -Tyler Shafer





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Golden Gate Bridge



We learned a lot about teaching math, but we also learned a lot about the history of this city. The community was so friendly and environmentally conscious. I would have loved to visit schools in the area to see what they do differently.




We visited:

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Visiting the Redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument

  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • the Painted Ladies
  • Muir Woods


"We were able to do a lot of sightseeing during our stay and along the way we met a lot of locals who were eager to share pieces of their city with us. San Francisco has such a rich history, so it was exciting to explore all the different aspects of the city with such a great group of people. I now have better relationships with my fellow future math teachers, for which I am so grateful!"   -Hayley Little