“This month, our neighbors at ACS hosted the mini-NESA conference. Five members of our IC community participated. I attended two workshops. The first was about nurturing real creativity in our students. We dispelled common myths about the brain –the left/right brain myth, for example –and distinguished between the word creative and artistic, deciding that true creativity is bigger than art, and expresses itself as innovative problem solving.
The second explored the difference between conceptual and procedural understanding in math. Both are necessary, but what comes first? Can one exist without the other? Are mindless algorithms enough? Then how do we educate flexible mathematicians? How do we give them understanding and ownership over their work?
This is just a small sliver of the insightful discussions that were taking place.”