I did it!

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Written by: Angie Olson

PHEW!  I did it!  This weekend I presented at a Minnesota Math Conference in Duluth, Minnesota.  This was a huge accomplishment for me because those who know me know that I am NOT somebody who is comfortable getting up in front of large crowds of people to present.  That being said, I came across a quote from my principal that really resonated with me…

This was one of those quotes that you read and write down immediately.  I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  I love it.  This quote reminds me of another quote that I heard from a stranger while sitting at a blogger meet up in Atlanta.  He told me that we need to take chances and step outside of our comfort zones.  Yes, these experiences can be scary but we just do it because “the opportunities outweigh the fear.”  So…it was time for me to reach out and try my hand at presenting!

I had the awesome opportunity to present at the Minnesota Council of Mathematics Teachers Conference this weekend and, of course, my presentation was all about Interactive Math Notebooks in the primary classroom.

It went very well and the feedback from everyone was overwhelming and encouraging to me!  It was so rewarding to walk around the room during the make and take time and connect with other teachers.  I was told that my session was the best one that they had been to during the entire 3-day conference.  I was also told from three different teachers that they planned to use an interactive notebook page as their final formal observation for the year!  Talk about making this girl feel good about herself!  Here are a few pictures from my conference weekend.

When we finally arrived in Duluth at 9:00 p.m., my mom and I went out for dinner.  We were chatting about my presentation when it occurred to me that I left 75 pairs of scissors in my classroom!  OMG!  I needed those scissors for my session!  After complete panic set in, we jumped in the car and drove to Target.  Of course they don’t have 75 pairs of scissors so we bought 2 and proceeded to stay up until 2:00 a.m. cutting out samples of interactive notebooks pages for everybody to try out!  YIKES!

Can I just take a minute to say how much I love my mom?  She came along to help me pass out packets, samples, glue sponges, business cards.  She also helped take pictures and get all set up.  She’s the best!

The icing on the cake was watching my college professor from obtaining my math master’s degree, walk into my session with a smile on his face.  It was if he was beaming with pride.  I haven’t seen this man in 7 years.  It warmed my heart to hear him say that he heard that I was presenting and he just had to sit in and be a part of it.

Here is just some of the feedback that I received at the end of the session.  I think it’s safe to say that this won’t be my last session that I ever present…


    • Angie Olson

      As always, you stand by me as such a cheerleader of mine! Thank you friend!!!

  1. sureads

    I teach in the twin cities too! Can you tell me where you get the base ten stamps? Also can you tell me more about the glue sponges?

    • Angie Olson

      Hey "neighbor"! I believe I got the base ten stamps from Lakeshore. They should also have money and shape stamps too. I especially love using them in small groups as an extension of their interactive notebooks. As for the glue sponges, if you look on my sidebar of this blog and click on the words "glue sponges" it will take you to a post that explains all about how I make them and use them. Hope that helps!

  2. Tiffany

    Angie my friend, you are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Jesus for FAB mommies. I love the positive feedback you received. So deserving. You keep working your fanny off sweet pea!! LOVE YOU!!

    One Fab Teacher

    • Angie Olson

      Oh Tiffany! I seriously love you! Your words alone just bring a big smile to my face! Thank you for your always encouraging words!!!

  3. Tania

    Congrats Angie! What a huge accomplishment. I would have died if my math college professor showed up to my session. She was my mentor and continues to be as I share her love and passion for math.
    My Second Sense

  4. Jennifer Brown

    YOU ARE AWESOME!!! I am presenting an interactive math notebook seminar in September and I am freaking out now!! Glad yours went fantastic and Mom's are the BEST!

  5. Jamie Sears

    Congratulations, Angie! I would have loved to be in your session!


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