I take it all back, I really do. You guys frakking rock.
I am of course talking about my statement in this presentation that I made a few weeks back. Turns out the good UK Tweeps were hidden behind a wall of feedspam and retweets. Classic case of vocal minority overcoming (less) vocal majority.
Having found a bunch of cool people from the South of England on Twitter, I was pretty excited to go to #TMPompey on Wednesday 6th. So excited I signed up to share something I had only just started a few weeks back in a 2min micropresentation.
Anyways, I bailed out of our department meeting early to take the train to Pompey, which was fine, apart from the HUGE mob of students from a local college that joined the trained at an unamed station in a city that used to be the capital of Wessex. They just took up so much space!
Anyways, following awkward intorductions to @rj1981, @jodebens and @daviderogers (I really need to get used to introducing myself as my twitter tag. Or get a tshirt like @absvalteaching) We got started with some very cool presentations. So much enthusiasm in one room was AMAZEBALLS. And there were so many MORE people than I thought. Clearly I was wrong in expecting to give a presentation to a half empty classroom somewhere. Thank god for tweepy pep talks (even if they were a bit late… not at all looking at [Pai]…)
I spent a lot of time thinking how cool so much of the stuff I saw would be for my sister, who teaches Year 5. I don’t know if it is representative, but a large portion of the crowd seemed to be primary. Which is fine because actually they still have things for me to steal. (p.s. appropriate quote of the eveing: ‘You steal a lot don’t you?’)
Then the randomiser hit my name and I apparently hit overdrive with this bad boy:
Holy lord ignite is HARD I think I got a bunch of stuff over, but I think maybe all people got was ‘This guy talks really fast and likes math’ Which kinda sums me up a bit. But still.
Turns out 2min really is micro! Even when you talk really fast.
So I think it went ok.
And once we were done with the edu stuff, things got hardcore. I haven’t played laser quest in a long time, but it was so much fun. Legs were achey for days though. And dinner with a bunch of really cool people. And then a godawful journey home from which I was saved by my hero of a lil sis. ON A SCHOOL NIGHT! #protip – never try to get a train home from Portsmouth Harbour.
So yeah, the Mathstwitterblogosphere is still the best twitterblogosphere. But #TeachMeets are pretty damned cool.