TN teacher group to hold conference

TN teacher group to hold conference

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 11:52 am

The Messenger 09.22.10

The Tennessee Mathematics Teachers’ Associ-ation (TMTA) will have its annual conference Friday and Saturday in Boling University Center of the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The keynote speakers are Dr. Colm Mulcahy, professor of mathematics at Spelman College; Brad Smith, executive director of the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE); and Alene Arnold, director of statewide operations for SCORE.
Mulcahy has been exploring mathematical card tricks and, since 2004, has explored mathematical principles, both old and new, in the bi-monthly “Card Colm” for Mathematical Association of America Online. In December 2009, The New York Times featured one of his card creations in John Tierney’s Monday Puzzles blog. Smith works with former Sen. Bill Frist in overseeing SCORE’s operations and activities. Arnold leads SCORE’s grassroots and outreach efforts across the state.
In addition to the keynote speakers, there will be more than 70 sessions for mathematics teachers at all levels, from kindergarten through the college level. These hands-on instructional sessions will be conducted by classroom teachers of mathematics from Tennessee and surrounding states.
Registration begins at 2 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the university center. The first sessions are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., with additional sessions to be held at 4 and 5.
There will be an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in Watkins Auditorium to recognize the winners of the 2010 TMTA High School Mathematics Contest, followed by a banquet at 7:15 p.m. and Mulcahy’s keynote address in Skyhawk Café and Dining Hall in the university center.
Saturday sessions begin at 7:45 a.m. with the business meeting of the TMTA. There are sessions scheduled at all levels beginning at 9, 10, and 11 a.m. in the university center and the Andy Holt Humanities Building. Lunch and affiliate meetings are scheduled from noon-1 p.m.
Smith’s and Arnold’s keynote address at 1 p.m. will conclude the conference.
This conference provides an opportunity for teachers of mathematics, from kindergarten through the college level, to exchange ideas with their colleagues, gather information concerning the latest software, books and teaching aids from the 26 different vendors scheduled to participate and to extend their personal network of mathematics teachers who are active in the profession.
A complete program and registration forms are available onlne at


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