On Friday, I was excited to attend Rebecka Peterson's session. I've known Rebecka for many years and I've had the chance to hear her speak before, but I think her NCTM talk was the best one I've heard yet! Rebecka is a math teacher in my town and a dear friend... she also happens to be our National Teacher of the Year! Rebecka's talk was on Creating a Connected Math Classroom and it fit so perfectly with Tim Kanold's session Teaching with Heart and Soul!
Rebecka started her talk with a quote that always makes me think of her - "Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day." (You can click here to read her daily classroom reflections on the One Good Thing blog.) One of the things she mentioned that stuck was that the more time we take to notice the good, the more good we will notice. This reminded me of the cognitive idea of "frequency bias", where once you start looking for something, you see it everywhere.
The big theme of Rebecka's talk was Connections.... Connecting to our students, to parents / guardians, to the community, to ourselves, and to others.
One question she asked us was "What matters to you?", then ask ourselves how we can incorporate that into our weekly routine.