CAMT 2016 – Worth the Texas Heat

canal-san-antonio-tx-view-one-canals-downtown-texas-31902254CAMT (Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching) starts tomorrow in San Antonio, TX. Texas math teachers know all about CAMT – it is a tradition, so you can be sure that Texas math teachers will be well represented. It’s a huge conference with a large attendee turnout not only from Texas but from all over.  When I was living in Houston, I attended and spoke at CAMT every year – it’s a great conference with a really fun vibe – perhaps because it always happens in the summer and everyone is on summer break and feeling relaxed and pumped to get some new ideas for the upcoming year.  Whatever the reason, it’s always a great conference and is in beautiful San Antonio, TX this year, with it’s lovely River Walk and great restaurants and shops.  If you are attending, I wish you a successful conference where you learn new things to bring back to your classroom or schools.

Casio will be there naturally,  with our fabulous Texas folks, Amy Chow and Marty Frank there ready to do some math with Casio technology and work with leaders and teachers on supporting their tech needs. Be sure to stop by booth #133 and check out all the calculators and resource books for all grade levels and subjects, and do some comparisons and hands-on learning.  We also have several presenters who are doing some great technology workshops, which I have listed below:

  1. Wednesday, June 29 from 11:30 – 12:30 pm in Room 302 (Ballroom)
    • Grades 3rd – 5th
    • Presenter: Sandra Browning
    • It’s Elementary! Gain a deeper understanding of how technology helps students in grades 3-5 gain deeper understanding of patterns that build to proportional reasoning, an important concept in grades 5-8.
  2. Thursday, June 30 from 10:00 – 11:00 am in Room 005 (River level)
    • Grades 9 – 12
    • Presenter: Tracey Zak Johnson
    • Pushing the Limits of Your Graphing Calculator for the EOC Algebra Test. Make the difference between passing and failing the STAAR exam with the natural-display graphing calculator. Learn testing strategies and bring life to linear and quadratic equations using real-life situations. This is a hands-on session so come learn and use technology to enhance math instruction.
  3. Thursday, June 30 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in Room 217D (Concourse Level)
    • Grades 6 – 8
    • Presenter: Kathy Mittag from
    • Have Fun Teaching Middle School TEKS Statistics Concepts. A hands-on workshop where participants will collect real-world data and then explore the concepts of mean, median and use various plots, such as stem-and-leaf, box, and histograms to explore and analyze data. TEKS statistics concepts will be highlighted in this session.
  4. Thursday, June 20 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm in Room 005 (River Level)
    • Grades 9 – 12
    • Presenter: Tracey Zak Johnson
    • “Real Life” Math. This will be an exciting session, using real situations/pictures and designing a curve of best fit to model the data. Data interpretation from 8th grade math through calculus will be explored and all participants leave with free trial software to take the lesson back to their classrooms to help their students understand quadratics.
  5. Friday, July 1 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in Room 005 (River Level)
    • Grades 9 – 12
    • Presenter: Catherine Tabor
    • Polarizing Art. Delve into the exciting world of polar coordinates and equations through the use of polar art. Examine how changes in variables can cause radical changes in the graphs.  Participants will create beautiful pieces of polar art using calculator technology and see what students have created. Participants will leave with ready to use lesson for their classroom.
  6. Friday, July 1 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in Room 301 (Ballroom Level)
    • Grade 9 -12
    • Presenter: Kathy Mittag
    • A Hands-on Mathematics Function Activity Integrating Science Gas Laws & beautiful-river-walk-san-antonio-26039500Technology. New ides to integrate math, science, and technology to support student learning. This is a hands-on workshop using inexpensive manipulatives to model functions for scientific gas laws. We will cover topics such as measurement, mean, graphing, tables, independent/dependent variables, direct/indirect/inverse functions, dimensional analysis, domain, range, problem solving, interpretation of function graphs, percent error, and TEKS.

Those of you going – enjoy your conference, learn a lot, stop by say hi to Amy and Marty at booth #133, check out the sessions above – you will have a great time and walk away with some ready-to-use ideas for integrating technology. And don’t forget to enjoy San Antonio!