What an awesome title for a conference! A conference on thinking. But we think all of the time so why do we need to confer on it? Because we can think better and we can help our kids to think better. As the legendary (but sans hats) Edward de Bono said at the conference - things can be ebne (excellent, but not enough). What a neologism to live by, things are excellent, but not enough.
Anyway, enough rambling... I was lucky enough to attend this conference with two amazing colleagues from John Monash Science School, who are pushing the boundaries of mathematics education, Diane Farrell (@fardef) and Kim McGillivray (@kimberlyannmac) (follow them on twitter, I don't care if it is Friday or any other day of the week - ones to watch I telll you...)
From the masterclass with the legend of SOLO taxonomy, Pam Hook throught the inspiring keynotes, in particular from Ewan McINtosh, I was forced to think, evaluate, analyse, unpick, deliberate, rebuild and, in the words of Alvin Toffler (paraphrased) "learn, unlearn and relearn". I have no intention to describe in detail the workshops and conferences as I have recorded them in a public evernote notebook here.
Needless to say that I learned a ton, unlearned a great deal and relearned one thing - learning is not done by the teacher, but by the thinkng, reflective learner.
I also had a a massive fanboy moment with one of my edu heroines, Pam Hook...