NCTM is a huge math education organization. Every year they hold a huge conference with about 20-30 thousand educators attending. I've been fortunate to travel to and present at NCTM conferences in Anaheim, St. Louis, Atlanta and San Diego. When I saw that this year's conference was being held in Philadelphia (where my sister lives) I sent in proposals for both the research presession and the professional conference. That was a year ago and I waited until the fall to find out that both proposals had been accepted which gave me a great excuse to finally visit my sister and her family. I've been taking in the sites and sounds of downtown Philadelphia as well as my niece's and nephews' schools and favourite places in Haverford, the town where they live. I've been juggling conference schedules and presentations and family fun!
Just so you get a sense of how huge this conference is, the conference program guide is the size of a Sears Christmas Wishbook, the banners are lining the streets of downtown Philadelphia, a newspaper is published each morning for conference attendees and math educators have taken over the enormous convention centre and Marriott hotel downtown!
It was fun to run into some Canadian math friends today and to see some familiar faces in the audience during my presentation. It's always great to experience to visit a new city, see the iconic sites and get a feel for a new place. I'm so glad I got a chance to experience a little bit of my sister's world and I have math to thank for it!