Salt Lake News & Updates



Dec 9
University of Utah Gymnastics Red Rocks Preview
University of Utah Gymnastics has an intra-squad meet to previe...
Dec 10
Women's Basketball: University of Utah vs. BYU
University of Utah Women's Basketball takes on BYU for our Crim...
Dec 10
Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings
The Utah Jazz host the Sacramento Kings for this NBA basketball...
Dec 9 - Dec 10
Utah Grizzlies vs. Rapid City Rush
Watch the Utah Grizzlies take on the Rapid City Rush on home ic...
Dec 10
An Evening with Adam Savage
Adam Savage, perhaps best known as the co-creator and host of t...
Dec 8 - Dec 10
2016 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert with Ro
One of the world’s leading tenors and most beloved entertainers...
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Westminster Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert
Led by Jazz director, David Halliday, this ensemble includes sa...
Dec 15
Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons
In 2014, Jerry Joseph headed to Afghanistan to volunteer as a t...
Dec 9 - Dec 23
Candlelight Christmas
It's hard to describe the magic of Candlelight Christmas. We'd ...
Dec 2 - Dec 26
The Nutcracker
No holiday season is complete without the festive cheer of The ...
View All Events

10,000 math teachers flock to SLC

Published: 04/09/2008

by Lisa Schencker
The Salt Lake Tribune

If more than 10,000 math teachers arrive in Salt Lake City today, what's the probability your child's math teacher will be among them?

You might not know, but someone at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference could likely calculate the answer. More than 10,000 math teachers from across the country are expected to attend the annual conference, which begins today at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Hilton Salt Lake City Center and Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown.

The theme of this year's conference, which is held in a different city each year, is "Becoming Certain about Uncertainty." Math teachers will spend four days attending 740 presentations on everything from teaching probability, to motivating students, to technology.

"This is mecca for math teachers all over the country, and we feel like we have a very active mathematics community so it was a perfect fit for us," said Barbara Kuehl, an administrator at the Salt Lake City School District and local arrangement co-chair for the conference.

Several dozen Utah educators will be among those sharing their expertise with teachers from across the nation.

"I think local people would be surprised at how cutting-edge Utah teachers are," Kuehl said.

Many sessions will highlight creative ways to make math meaningful in the classroom. Teachers will attend presentations such as "Lemonade and Pistachios," "Who Says Calculus is Boring?!" and "Islamic Art Through the Eyes of M.C. Escher."

Educators also will discuss topics of national concern, such as a recent report from the National Mathematics Advisory Panel that warns the nation could lose its international edge in the future if education doesn't improve. They'll discuss math teacher shortages and ways to bridge the achievement gap between groups of students.

"The overall goal every year is to help... math teachers learn new ways to be able to instruct all of their students," council spokeswoman Gay Dillin said. "Math is so central to what everyone deals with every day."